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Morning Links: Fernando Botero Edition

Fernando Botero. Mona Lisa, 1978. COURTESY ASSOULINE AND MUSEO BOTERO, BOGOTA

Fernando Botero, Mona Lisa, 1978.

COURTESY ASSOULINE AND MUSEO BOTERO, BOGOTA

Latin American Art

Colombian artist Fernando Botero, who is known for his portraits of full-figured men and women, has a new book coming out this week. “I think volume is a very important element in the art of painting,” he said in an interview. [W Magazine]

Julio Le Parc, an Argentinian pioneer of Op Art and Kinetic Art, is having his first-ever solo museum exhibition in the United States, opening Friday at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. [New York Times]

Here are more details on “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” which will explore the influence of Latin American and Latin artists on Southern California with a sprawling series of exhibitions at more than 60 venues across Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and other California destinations.” [Huffington Post]

A Surprising Amount of Californian Museum News

The University of California Davis art museum, known officially as the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, opened this week, welcoming thousands of visitors. [University of California]

The Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, famously (and infamously) designed by Frank Gehry, is changing its name to the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP. [Kiro 7]

The Claremont Museum of Art in Los Angeles is scheduled to open this Sunday at the Claremont Depot, a former train station on the National Register of Historic Places that has been renovated and turned into two museum gallery spaces. [Los Angeles Times]

When Life Gives You Lemons

The Iraqi-Canadian artist Riyadh Hashim brought together 16 artists for a pop-up show in the ruins of a bomb-blasted shopping center in Baghdad this past August. Although the exhibition was shut down by the police after only a couple hours, Hashim and his cohorts are trying to restage the show. [The Art Newspaper]

Bonus

Take a look at some artwork made by Canadian prisoners courtesy of The Bridge, an organization that helps ex-offenders reintegrate into society after release from custody. [Vice]

Here are some images from an exhibition that features artwork made by the homeless community of the city of Provo, Utah. [Herald Extra]

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