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Serie de llamas núm. 2, díptico [Llama Series No. 2, Diptych]

20th century
245 cm x 243.8 cm x 8.9 cm (96 7/16 in. x 96 in. x 3 1/2 in.)

Miguel Angel Ríos (Catamarca, Argentina, 1943 - ) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support: Acrylic paint, modeling paste, and sand on burlap
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Barbara Duncan Fund, 1982
               Accession Number:                1982.188             
Object Description: Miguel Angel Ríos’s works reference landscapes and cultural traditions of his homeland in rural Catamarca via formal motifs of late Modernism. While living in New York City, Ríos created a monochromatic grid from highly abstracted images of the llama, an animal essential to the Andean way of life. Catamarca once formed the southernmost reach of the Inca empire, and Ríos’s llamas may evoke ancient pictograms or the patterning of local textiles made from the animal’s wool. Within the Post-Minimalist grid, the llamas also suggest a negotiation of Ríos’s identity between cultures and an implicit critique of the Eurocentric biases underlying artistic Modernism.

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