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A Real Revolution Captured on Film

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The word “revolution” today is so overused it has almost lost its meaning. Just about everything can be touted as a “revolution” of one kind or another — from the Tea Party’s claim to a second American revolution to the Apple iPhone’s revolution in telephony. Historians, with their longer perspective, use the term much more sparingly. … Continue reading A Real Revolution Captured on Film

From Graffiti to Mural Art, With a Few Detours

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The Autry’s current exhibition about Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros lionizes the mural América Tropical, one of three U.S. works he painted during his stay in Los Angeles in 1932. But some believe that’s very far from the treatment mural art gets today in this city. They say the murals for which it has become known … Continue reading From Graffiti to Mural Art, With a Few Detours

Holidays for the Living … and the Dead

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(Updated 10/​4/​12) Many of us are looking in panic at the calendar and realizing that, as September ends, the holiday season threatens. Ack. There’s one holiday that is somewhat new to the Autry, though it is a long and hallowed tradition in Los Angeles (especially points East), and stretches back centuries in Mexico: El Día de … Continue reading Holidays for the Living … and the Dead

Speaking of Siqueiros, Here’s a Look at His Print Side

About 100 people attended Saturday's Siqueiros artist panel talk at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (Photo by Tessie Borden)
About 100 people attended Saturday's Siqueiros artist panel talk at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (Photo by Tessie Borden)
The Los Angeles art scene has been buzzing all month about the triple-​header at two museums and a gallery featuring the work of Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) — which makes for more attention from a U.S. audience in one year than the world-​famous muralist ever got during his lifetime. On Saturday, that buzz amped up … Continue reading Speaking of Siqueiros, Here’s a Look at His Print Side

David Alfaro Siqueiros: Keeping the Faith in a Master

"I like all the muralists," Jose Vera said, "but Siqueiros to me meant more." (Photo by Tessie Borden)
"I like all the muralists," Jose Vera said, "but Siqueiros to me meant more." (Photo by Tessie Borden)
No one had to convince José Vera that David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) is an important artist. Vera grew up in Mexico City, an artistically rich place that embraced that country’s native sons and daughters, including Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo and José Clemente Orozco. Vera, who owns and manages the Jose Vera Gallery … Continue reading David Alfaro Siqueiros: Keeping the Faith in a Master

An Old/​New Mural Reemerges

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For more than a decade, it sat in an abandoned former sanatorium for tubercular patients near Bakersfield, waiting for new eyes to notice it again. No one knew what kind of state it was in. So as artist Barbara Carrasco, creator of the mural L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, and a small entourage of museum people headed out to … Continue reading An Old/​New Mural Reemerges