• Juan Davila


    Although Juan Davila cannibalizes the body of art, his paintings do not show art consumed by desire, but desire by art. Most commentary on Davila is flawed by a fixation on his appropriative method, which should be distinguished from quotation as another bibliophile’s vice. In these paintings sexual fantasy appears as permanent reality; here, the studio stands in for all of culture, and sex is the center of the universe.

    Davila’s overheated painting is undeniably powerful; one wishes it were possible to feel some interest or empathy for his characters, but Davila doesn’t tell us anything about

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