Mexico City

Marco Arce

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG)

Suppose the lotto ticket you bought today happens to have the winning number . . . of yesterday’s draw. Well, you still have a chance, though common sense would suggest otherwise. Marco Arce’s ticket to artistic success—his acute eye and precise hand—would have warranted a prize in yesterday’s art world, but the prevailing pattern calls for winners to be drawn from the disaffected rather than the virtuosi. While young Marco’s innate painterly abilities may seem to have become professional liabilities, he still has a chance and seems to want to stretch it far and wide.

In Arce’s recent seven-year survey, the Mexican painter’s early multipaneled works display narratives of cross-fertilization through omnifarious and often unpredictable stylistic pirouettes. The “Alfonso Michel Series,” 1994, of which thirteen parts were shown here, could be described as a morphing of a painting from

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