Yolanda Lopez: Portrait of the Artist

Yolanda Lopez: Portrait of the Artist

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Exhibition Catalog

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2021.

128 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 21 x 14 cm. In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9780934418751

Born and raised in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, Lopez spent the 1960s in San Francisco and was based there permanently from the late 1970s on. The artist traced her formation to the student activism of that era and to her prominent role as a cultural worker within the Chicano civil rights movement. Yolanda López: Portrait of the Artist presents a compendium of Lopez’s work from the 1970s and 1980s, when she created an influential body of paintings, drawings, and collages that investigate and reimagine representations of women within Chicano/a/x culture. In The New York Times’s recent Fall Preview, Holland Cotter calls the exhibition “A long overdue career tribute,” noting that Lopez’s “1978 self-portrait painting as a marathon-running Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the great images of revolutionary joy.” “Lopez leaves behind a profound legacy and it is a special honor, here in the artist’s hometown, to present the first solo museum exhibition of this lauded figure in the worlds of art and activism,” explained Kathryn Kanjo, the David C. Copley Director and CEO of MCASD. “Many of Lopez’s commanding drawings received essential conservation treatments, allowing, at last, for the public display of these formative artworks. The outsize portraits of the artist, her mother, and her grandmother will be a revelation for many visitors.” Yolanda Lopez: Portrait of the Artist concentrates on a transformative period in Lopez’s production beginning in 1975, when the artist entered graduate school at the University of California, San Diego, and continuing into the 1980s, when she created the final works in her iconic Guadalupe series. The exhibition brings together approximately fifty works in oil pastel, paint, charcoal, collage, and photography, including never-before-exhibited large-scale self-portraits.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) -- Other American Minority ; Women Artists --

Artist(s): Lopez, Yolanda

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