Les Chiens Andalous [exhibition catalogue]
This is the catalogue of an exhibition of paintings and works on paper curated by artist Manuel Ocampo and featuring work by Ocampo and three of Spains most dynamic contemporary artists: Patricio Cabrera, Chema Cobo, and Curro Gonzlez. Of the many brilliant artists that the Philippine-born Ocampo met during his sojourn in Seville, the three he has included in this exhibitionCabrera, Cobo, and Gonzlezinspired his deepest admiration. Ocampo writes in his introduction, All three painters have established careers in their native country, so I am by no means trying to organize a show featuring a new trend in Spanish art or a survey of Andalusian artists. I have noticed, however, that only a very small number of Spanish artists are widely known in the U.S. and internationally. This exhibition is my attempt to broaden an appreciation of Spanish painters, with a focus on the province I love most.
Les Chiens Andalous combines four outstanding artists whose visions are fortified with historical and political awareness, yet tinged with what Ocampo calls Spanish surrealisms twisted logic. Citing the Luis Buuel film from which the exhibition takes its name, he points out: What the movie is notorious for is the scene depicting what some consider the most violent act committed against the eye in film history. I hope the works included in this show attack theåÊ visual senses in a similarly positive and liberating way.
Texts: Introduction by Manuel Ocampo. Essay by Kevin Power. Kevin Power interviews the artists.
84 pages, Softcover, 10?8.5 inches, 2001