Cynthia Valdez

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The day I caught up with Madame Messager at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, it had been a while since I'd seen her last, and I mistook another person for her. I quickly realized my error, because the artist is such an integral part of the school she taught at until recently that every few feet she's stopped by someone who wants to know what she's up to, students and professors alike. Just back from Mexico, Ms. Messager has concluded a solo exhibition tour that included three major cities.... [more]
      I admit it, I moved to Mexico on a whim, taking my cue from pioneering friends who had already dared to flip the Mexico-U.S. exodus pattern. After three years in Paris I had came home to Los Angeles right as the economic meltdown was just starting to look serious. And without too much preparation (or indeed foresight) I re-packed my bags and headed south. I landed in Puebla, a city about two hours outside the monstrosity that is Mexico City. Known to locals as la Ciudad or simply... [more]
Betsabee Romero & Acts of Faith   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Betsabeé Romero at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso October 30th, 2009 - January 24th, 2010
Posted 11/22/09
  It takes a certain amount of optimism to behold a mountain of clay and see the possibility for form to emerge. Likewise for a blank canvas, wall or sheet of drawing paper. In the same way, it takes a faithful artist to create a tribute to memory out of a cast-off tire. That faithful artist is Betsabeé Romero. Although I have never met or talked to Ms. Romero, I like to imagine her as that friend who will accompany you to the flea market and deftly dig through all the junk to inevitably... [more]
Provocative and Playful: Cildo Meireles   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cildo Meireles at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC) July 4th, 2009 - January 10th, 2010
Posted 11/21/09
    The trouble with Cildo Meireles is that his work doesn't quite feel like it belongs in a museum. The Brazilian artist plays with colors, shapes, sounds and environments in a way that hearkens back to jungle gym days, when breaking stuff, losing track of time and going barefoot were acceptable behavior. Luckily I was able to restrain myself long enough to not get kicked out of the retrospective at the MUAC. For Meireles, perception is the most direct point of access- in Red... [more]