Night Magic (Blue Jester)

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

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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

Night Magic (Blue Jester)
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Not on view.
54 x 54 in. (137.2 x 137.2 cm) framed
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gloria Werner

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Cityscape – time – night
  • Figure – nude
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