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No Parking Here Any Time

1978 Luis Cruz Azaceta Born: Marianao, Province of Havana, Cuba 1942 acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 in. (121.9 x 91.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Sharon Jacques © 1978, Luis Cruz Azaceta 2013.42 Not currently on view

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Azaceta’s self-described “apocalyptic pop” paintings are allegories of a blighted period in the history of New York City. His cartoonish imagery, which is nightmarish rather than real, encourages viewers to face violence as the instigator of human suffering. The unwelcoming title – No Parking Here Any Time – also expresses the artist’s feelings of displacement after departure from Cuba.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013


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Figure - fragment - head

Object - other - sign

State of being - death