Art Galleries

Borders and Walls

When: Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through April 28 2019

The recent defunding of three Mexican countries and then the crises over windmill noise, gratuitous hugs, and oranges have distracted many of us from the emergency at the border, from which only the big, beautiful wall can save US. Maria Blanco’s Borders and Walls: Selected Paintings rides to the rescue! (If you missed the irony, go back; easy return.) Blanco, a Mexican-American civil-rights attorney and advocate with a long record of activism, who currently serves undocumented students at the UC system, has created a series of oil paintings on canvas depicting the current fencing between Tijuana and San Diego (where Trump’s prototypes were recently destroyed, at a cost of around $5 million). While politics is the subtext, Blanco’s images are abstracted and colorful, reminiscent of Milton Avery, Walker Evans (the painter) and even Philip Guston. The artist evokes place and mood with sophisticated simplicity. Color catalog available.

DeWitt Cheng

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