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Placa/Rollcall

1980 Charles "Chaz" Bojórquez Born: Los Angeles, California 1949 acrylic on canvas 68 1/4 x 83 1/8 in. (173.4 x 211.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1992.64.1 Not currently on view


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Bojórquez is recognized for bringing Chicano graffiti (or Cholo graffiti) into the established art world. In Placa/Rollcall he blended this form of street art, which denotes territory and neighborhood loyalty, with a personal roll call of people he holds near and dear. An array of fanciful letters fills the canvas. Among the names he includes are Larry, Raton, Snow, and Blades (his girlfriend). Bojórquez’s works showcase the artistry of Chicano graffiti and resonate with traditions of abstract art and calligraphic forms from around the world.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

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Abstract

Object - letter

painting

paint - acrylic

fabric - canvas