Night Magic (Blue Jester)

  • Carlos Almaraz, Night Magic (Blue Jester), 1988, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gloria Werner, 2011.12, © 1988, Carlos Almaraz Estate

Almaraz was a pioneering Chicano artist who produced art for the United Farm Workers Union and cofounded Los Four, one of the earliest Chicano collectives. A later shift to expressionistic painting and graphics brought him national recognition. By the 1980s, his non-narrative images of Los Angeles addressed both his cultural affiliations and sense of isolation with living with AIDS. Night Magic (Blue Jester), inspired by velvet paintings sold on the U.S.-Mexico border, represents urban Los Angeles exploding with sensuous colors and populated by shadows suggestive of Almaraz’s lonely alter egos.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
Night Magic (Blue Jester)
Artist
Date
1988
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
5454 in. (137.2137.2 cm) framed
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gloria Werner

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – time – night
  • Figure – nude
Object Number
2011.12
Palette
Linked Open Data
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