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Botero in LA: New Work by Fernando Botero at Tasende Gallery
Fernando Botero, Fin de Fiesta, 2009. Oil on canvas, 65 3/4 by 82 inches. Photo: Courtesy Tasende Gallery.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA.- New work by Fernando Botero is the subject of the exhibit Botero in LA presented by Tasende Gallery, 8808 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, September 15 through October 30, 2010. The nine paintings, six drawings and four sculptures comprising the show were created during the last few years. They include family portraits, circus themes, women, horses, and still lifes.

Early in his career Botero found inspiration in the work of Renaissance painter Piero della Francesca. “The way in which this great artist achieved fullness of form, spatial organization and perfect chromatic harmony astonished me…color married with form to transmute into an ideal abstraction.” Volume suggested by form is the essence of the artist’s painting and sculpture. In his catalogue essay, Peter Selz describes the artist’s style: “for Botero his unique plastic distortion became his personal style. Its calm and voluminous monumentality to which he refers as ‘sensual exuberance’ remained a constant that he employed, no matter what the subject.”

Fernando Botero’s journey from the remote and insular town of Medellín, Columbia, beginning in 1932, to the height of the international art world is portrayed in essays by History of Art Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, Peter Selz and through biographical material found in the exhibition catalogue Botero in LA.

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