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Two Vendors

1989 John M. Valadez Born: Los Angeles, California 1951 pastel on paper sheet and image: 82 1/4 x 50 1/2 in. (208.9 x 128.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 1989, John M. Valadez 1994.95 Not currently on view

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When Valadez established his studio on Broadway Street in downtown Los Angeles, this busy thoroughfare became a recurring subject of stylish Chicanos traversing the commercial district. Here he presents a scene of two vendors competing for the attention of female shoppers. The baroque profusion of detail, which implies the complexity of everyday life, juxtaposes images of spiritual longing, female rapture, and commercial fulfillment.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


Figure female - head

Figure group - male

Object - toy - doll

Occupation - vendor


crayon - pastel