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Night Magic (Blue Jester)

1988 Carlos Almaraz Born: Mexico City, Mexico 1941 Died: Los Angeles, California 1989 oil on canvas 54 x 54 in. (137.2 x 137.2 cm) framed Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Gloria Werner © 1988, Carlos Almaraz Estate 2011.12 Not currently on view


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Almaraz was a pioneering Chicano artist who produced art for the United Farm Workers Union and cofounded Los Four, one of the earliest Chicano collectives. A later shift to expressionistic painting and graphics brought him national recognition. By the 1980s, his non-narrative images of Los Angeles addressed both his cultural affiliations and sense of isolation with living with AIDS. Night Magic (Blue Jester), inspired by velvet paintings sold on the U.S.-Mexico border, represents urban Los Angeles exploding with sensuous colors and populated by shadows suggestive of Almaraz’s lonely alter egos.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Keywords

Cityscape - time - night

Figure - nude

painting