Aug 06 2019


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Free and open to the public

Artist Lecture: The Art of Appropriation from Pop Art to Reverse

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Ticket Price: Free

The talk will focus on Chagoya’s use of appropriation of Western art from the perspective of a non Western artist (including topics of immigration, colonialism, and contemporary issues) appropriating from comic books to modernist art, etc. Often using ancient formats like the pre-Columbian books, and working on hand made paper made by indigenous paper makers from Mexico that use pre-Hispanic techniques (same paper that was used by Aztec, Mayan and Mixtec Zapotec cultures in Central Mexico). Sometimes the appropriation is almost a forgery of European art (in print, painting and sculpture media) in opposite direction than the strategy followed by Modernist artists who appropriated styles from cultures from former colonies (Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Frank Lloyd Wright, etc.).

About Enrique Chagoya
American, Born Mexico City, Mexico Lives in San Francisco, California. Enrique Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He works in different media such as painting, drawing, multiples and printmaking. A new monograph “Aliens” will be released in early 2019, published by Kelly’s Cove in Berkeley, California.

His work can be found in many public collections including the British Museum, London; ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC; MoMA, New York; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Whitney Museum, New York; and SFMoMA, San Francisco among others. He is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco; George Adams Gallery, New York; and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.

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