Wednesday, March 30, 2011

FAC's Lobato exhibition is 'stunning'

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Lugar (Place). 2007, oil and collage on panel.
  • Emilio Lobato/William Havu Gallery
  • "Lugar" (Place). 2007, oil and collage on panel.

When asked what she thinks of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center's exhibition Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude) — a display of the sometimes-cryptic works of ex-Colorado Springs resident Emilio LobatoIndy arts editor Edie Adelstein knows she loves it, if not exactly why.

"It's really good," she says. "It's, like, beautiful uses of color, shapes and composition — just the very basics. And yet they're imbued with so much emotion. It's kind of like a resurrected study on abstract expressionism and materialism, yet it's still fresh and different — it still has a new feeling to it."

And it seems our compatriots in Denver are in agreement about the show, which is up through May 15.

From Westword:

Now there's a worthy heir to the mantle of greatness seen at the Chisman show: Mi Linda Soledad, which means "My Beautiful Solitude," the Emilio Lobato retrospective at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. ...

Take my advice: Do not miss this stunning double dose of significant works by a living master of Colorado abstraction.

From the Denver Post:

From any point of view, it is a major milestone for Lobato, one only enhanced by the accompanying 88-page catalog and the show's subsequent tour to museums and art centers in Sedona, Ariz.; Ashland, Ore.; and Missoula, Mont.

While it is possible to question the emotional impact of his abstractions, which date in this show from 1993 to the present, it is impossible to deny his uncompromising technical virtuosity.

This prolific Latino artist's work has the sweep and evolutionary narrative to sustain an exhibition of this scale, with identifiable periods that curator Tariana Navas-Nieves carefully denotes.

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