Two Vendors

  • John M. Valadez, Two Vendors, 1989, pastel on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1989, John M. Valadez, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1994.95

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Two Vendors
Artist
Date
1989
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 82 1/4 x 50 1/2 in. (208.9 x 128.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
pastel on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – toy – doll
  • Occupation – vendor
  • Figure female – head
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1994.95
Palette
Linked Open Data
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