by the Center for Latin American Studies, these paintings have
never been displayed in a public institution in the United
Articles on the exhibit from:
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."
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.
Hours and Location
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January 30 – March 23, 2007
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Louis Freedburg, "California
Cultures: The Art of Abu Ghraib," San Francisco Chronicle, January 22,
- 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.