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  • ICAA Record ID
    867555
    TITLE
    HOT! An Exhibition Created by Seven Latino Artist / [Text] Grant Samuelson ; [edited by] R. H. Love Contemporary Gallery ed.
    IMPRINT
    Chicago, IL : R. H. Love contemporary, 1996
    DESCRIPTION
    [4] p.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Catalogs
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    HOT! An Exhibition Created by Seven Latino Artists. Exh. cat., Chicago: RH Love Galleries, 1996.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Castillo, Mario; Galigo, Tony; Martinez, Oscar Luis; Ortiz Bonilla, Raúl; R.H. Love Contemporary Gallery (Chicago, United States); Rodriguez-Ochoa, Elvia; Soliz, Maria Evangelina; Tuohey, Michelle
Synopsis

In this essay for an exhibition of seven contemporary Latino artists entitled HOT!, Grant Samuelsen considers the term "magical realism" and its inadequacy as a label applied to contemporary Latino art. Samuelsen states that such labeling robs these artists of their own vision by placing their art in a narrow construct. Instead, he contends, these Latino artists, whose work is in fact “ . . . magical and transforms the real world into a mystical place,” are drawing from and reinterpreting their Latin American cultural traditions in order to create new styles to express their messages.

Annotations

Grant Samuelsen, a critic who has worked at various cultural and academic organizations, including the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, wrote this essay for the exhibition HOT!, which he organized in 1996 for the private gallery R.H. Love Contemporary in Chicago. The seven artists featured in the exhibit span the generational and ethnic mix of the Midwest's diverse Latino community. This included Mario Castillo, Oscar Luís Martinez, and Elvia Rodriquez Ochoa.

Researcher
Olga Herrera, Elizabeth Ferrufino; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Team
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
Credit
Courtesy of R.H. Love Galleries, Chicago, IL