Thursday, July 3, 2008

Antonio López García

I had a chance to see the Antonio López García exhibtion at the Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. For anyone unfamiliar with his work, López García is a wonderful, psuedo-photo-realist painter from Spain. I say psuedo because from a distance in paintings truly do resemble photographs, however, as you approach them the artist's hand becomes increasingly visible. He mostly paints the commonplace spaces that pervade his life, doing so with a palpable and haunting beauty. In an essay entitled The Timeless Realism of Antonio López García, Jason Edward Kaufman observed:

"Though García is devoted to the mundane--he depicts humble people, buildings, plants, and cluttered interiors--his meticulousness is exhilarating. In his hands, starkly lit studies of his studio or bathroom beguile like rare jewels. The red brick wall in his backyard becomes a subject of tremendous interest. His extraordinary deftness prolongs our attention to these quotidian prospects, disrupting our perceptual complacency and directing us to reexamine forms, often leading us to experience their beauty."

Antonio López García
Museum Of Fine Arts
Foster and Rabb Galleries
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
Through July 27th

From Top To Bottom:

The Dinner, 1971–80

Home of Antonio López Torres, 1972-75

View of Madrid from Capitán Haya, 1987–94

Sink and Mirror, 1967

All Work © Antonio López García