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Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art

Nuestra América: la presencia latina en el arte estadounidense



Placa/Rollcall

Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez, 1980

acrylic on canvas
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1992.64.1

acrílico sobre tela
Smithsonian American Art Museum, donación del artista, 1992.64.1


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 the around the world.
Bojórquez es reconocido por haber introducido el graffiti chicano (o de cholos) en el mundo del arte establecido. En Placa/Rollcall fusionó esta forma de arte callejero que marca el territorio y denota la lealtad al barrio, con una nómina personal de la gente que le es cercana y querida. Una matriz de letras intricadas llena la tela. Entre los nombres que incluye están Larry, Raton, Snow y Blades (su novia). La obra de Bojórquez demuestra la destreza artística del graffiti chicano haciendo eco a las tradiciones del arte abstracto y a las formas caligráficas de diversas partes del mundo.






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