Friday, April 17, 2009


Still a few weeks left to see the splendid Antonio Frasconi exhibit at Davidson Galleries. Frasconi immigrated to the U.S. from Uruguay in 1945 to study at New York's Art Students League and rapidly became one of the world's foremost artists specializing in woodcut prints. His poster and print work regularly tackles themes of freedom and resistance, culminating in 1985 in his magnum opus Los Desaparecidos or The Disappeared, an extended series of woodblocks and monotypes portraying the horrors of Latin American dictatorships and paying homage to the many people who were "disappeared" by those military governments. He has designed and illustrated hundreds of books, including extraordinary editions of Langston Hughes's poetry collection "Let America be America Again" and Pablo Neruda's "Bestiary." His work is rarely shown in small galleries - much more likely to be seen at major museums like MoMA, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and the Brooklyn Museum - and this is the very first exhibition of his work in the Northwest. The show "Antonio Frasconi:Woodcuts & Posters" continues until May 2.

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