Art of the Week
Art of the Americas: Latin America and the United States,
1800 to Now!
on display now at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Coronel - Rosa in the Corridor
Diebenkorn - Woman and Checkerboard
Art of the Americas: Latin America and the United States, 1800 to Now! the
dramatic exhibition now on view at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, is all
about contrasts. For example, look at the different ways a Mexican and an
United States artist of about the same time portray women.
Rosa in the Corridor portrays Rafael Coronel's grandmother. In representing
Rosa's chiseled profile as the face of experience, this work suggests the
passage of time. Its evocative atmosphere of solitude speaks to Existential
concerns about modern alienation that were shared by other Mexican artists
and writers of the late 1950s and 1960s.
Woman and Checkerboard exemplifies the figurative abstraction developed by
Richard Diebenkorn. It is a definitive example of the artist's early period
when he applied an expressive application of paint, inspired by Abstract
Expressionism, to new interpretations of the figure. A lone woman is the
focal point of this painting. She is articulated by gestural brushwork and
saturated planes of color. Enveloped by space, her solitude is reflective
of the Existential thinking that shaped many parts of the Americas during