Los Angeles

“A New Generation of Latin American Artists”

Palos Verdes Community Arts Association Library Gallery

On loan from the Pan American Union are these paintings and drawings by about 20 contemporary Latin American artists. Although most of the selections are quite professionally executed in styles ranging from Abstract Expressionism to semi-Pop and Op, there was a notable lack of any specifically Latin American iconography or personality. Although this does not negate the esthetic validity of the works, it is nevertheless rather sad to see such a complete severance from the indigenous cultures. Interestingly, some of the most impressive examples are tied to their cultures. Distorted, slightly surreal figurative drawings by Cuevas, Poseda and Grasman are a definite Latin American development, while Enrique Tabara’s all-over red relief patterned painting had a definite Indian essence.

––Charleen Steen