FRANCISCO TOLEDO : CERÁMICA

 

Latin American Masters presents the first solo exhibition of Francisco Toledo’s ceramics in the United States. Although best known as a painter and printmaker, Toledo’s artistic production from the beginning had extremely broad dimensions. Toledo, who died in 2019, was a gifted sculptor and ceramicist, whose works in these mediums can be compared favorably with the finest in the Western tradition.

 

Among the artwroks on display are two ceramic bells. One bell glimmers with gold-leaf, while the other bell is covered in serpents. Each bell seems to resonate with an uncanny silence. Toledo’s irony is manifested in two sculptures of dogs, each encased in ceramic bones. Toledo’s dogs reflect Mexico’s rich zoomorphic tradition, one that includes the pre-Hispanic ceramics of Colima and Veracruz.

 

Several self-portraits are on display. Perhaps the most striking of these features Toledo chained to a slave ship. In recent years Toledo discovered that his ancestry was both Zapotec and African, a fact that both pleased him and encouraged him to further explore the history of Africans in Mexico.

 

In 2014, forty-three students “disappeared” in Guerrero, Mexico. Toledo expressed his indignation by making a ceramics exhibition, Duelo, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City. Francisco Toledo/ Ceramics also includes works from this acclaimed exhibition.

 

For more information, please contact Stephanie Mercado at (310) 829-4455 or email info@latinamericanmasters.com.

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