The Baroque World of Fernando Botero

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9780883971475: The Baroque World of Fernando Botero

Examines one hundred works from the artist's private collection that showcase the full scope of his oeuvre.

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John Sillevis is chief curator of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. David Elliott is director of the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Edward J. Sullivan is professor of fine arts and dean of humanities at New York University and author of the forthcoming Language of Objects in the Art of the Americas (Yale).

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*Starred Review* Botero's oversized figures are instantly recognizable, his opulent paintings and sculptures loved the world over, yet there have been few books about his work and very little incisive criticism. Now, as museums across the country prepare for the first traveling Botero retrospective in three decades, this beautifully produced, in-depth overview of Botero's life and oeuvre provides a much-needed key to his uniquely baroque sensibility, technical virtuosity, and profound humanitarian concerns. Born in 1932 in Medellin, Colombia, Botero apprenticed himself to the great European tradition while remaining spiritually rooted in his war-torn homeland. In one of many striking observations, Sillevis aligns Botero's baroque fullness of form with the magic realism of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Studies in beauty and terror, Botero's monumental figures can be sensual, and many are large with pain and sorrow. Like Goya, Botero often depicts violence, but no works attain the moral weight of his Abu Ghraib series. Some examples of these overwhelming paintings are included here, and all 50 shocking and resounding images are found in I^ Botero: Abu Ghraib (Prestel, 2006). As Botero has said, "Art continues a common remembrance or testimony [or leaves] a permanent accusation." Donna Seaman
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