Fernando Botero: The Abu Ghraib Series @ Berkeley Art Museumon January 14th, 2010
Unless you were in a coma when the Abu Graib story broke you most likely have seen images of Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s Abu Graib painting series. Botero is a fine art icon. His work of plump figures is recognized the world over by savvy art afficionados and equally recognized by the laymen. However as much as mainstream society would recognize his paintings of unusually portly people they more than likely would not be able to attach his name to the work. Most who do know his work would never have thought in a million years that he would be making paintings of torture that push a political pressure point in American society. Botero has risen to approach topics that many artist of his caliber would not touch. It is not often that you have the opportunity to see a master make the same artistic challenges of that of the youth. Many galleries refused to show his work and the Berkeley show is the first venue to show them in their entirety. This is a rare moment don’t miss your chance. Below is a conversation with Botero at Berkeley.