Art Exhibit
Fernando Botero
"Abu Ghraib"

Related events: Botero at Berkeley
Exhibit Information
Fernando Botero outside the exhibit at Berkeley. (photo: Jan Sturmann)

Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies, these paintings have never been displayed in a public institution in the United States.

Articles on the exhibit from:
The San Francisco Chronicle
The Sacramento Bee
The Associated Press

More reactions from the press-->

The New York Times said the images "do something the harrowing photographs of the naked, blindfolded and tormented prisoners do not: they restore their dignity and humanity without diminishing their agony or the absolute injustice of their situation."

The Financial Times reported, "Full of vivid primary colours, they [the oil paintings and drawings] are reminiscent of the work of socially conscious Mexican muralists such as Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera, artists who fascinated the young Botero in Medellin."

Peter Selz, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Berkeley, called Botero "Latin America's most celebrated artist," and said the exhibit was "without doubt the most controversial and important show seen hereabouts in many years," in the Berkeley Daily Planet.

Exhibition Hours and Location
Room 190, Doe Library (map)
January 30 – March 23, 2007
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed on Sundays

Related articles:

- Louis Freedburg, "California Cultures: The Art of Abu Ghraib," San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2007.
- Roberta Smith, "Botero Restores the Dignity of Prisoners at Abu Ghraib," New York Times, November 15, 2006.
- Suzanne Charlé, "Agony and Empathy," American Prospect, November 15, 2006.
- Jason E. Kaufman, "Wanted: A home for Botero’s paintings of Abu Ghraib," The Art Newspaper, September 27, 2006.
- Susan Sonntag, "On the Torture of Others," New York Times Magazine, May 23, 2004.


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