Tour: Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz (50 minutes)

3 pm | Sat, November 25, 2017

Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s. Arguably the first of the many Chicano artists whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano art movement in the 1970s, Almaraz began his career with political works for the farm workers’ causa and co-founded the important artist collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as a cultural activist, Almaraz straddled multiple—and often contradictory—identities that drew from divergent cultures and mores, and his art became less political in focus and more personal, psychological, dreamlike, even mythic and mystical as he evolved artistically.

Free, with general admission 
Note: This tour meets near the BP Grand Entrance
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Image: Carlos Almaraz, Crash in Phthalo Green, 1984, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of the 1992 Collectors Committee © The Carlos Almaraz Estate, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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