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Last chance to see Dora De Larios retrospective

December 10, 2009 | 12:40 pm

"Earth" by Dora De Larios With the approach of the new year, Dora De Larios’ long-running exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum is coming to an end. But you still have time to catch up with the Los Angeles ceramist’s retrospective. The final day is Jan. 10.

Organized by ceramics historian Elaine Levin, the show surveys the 50-year career of a Latina artist who grew up in central Los Angeles and has nourished her work with a world view of culture, religion and art. The exhibition title, “Suenos/Yume,” means “dreams” in Spanish and Japanese.

Primarily a figurative sculptor, De Larios also has produced functional ware -- including a set of dinnerware for the White House in 1977 -- and large architectural installations for hotels, public spaces and private collections. Images of women, animals and imaginative beings appear throughout the free-spirited exhibition. So do forces of nature, often seen in sweeping abstractions.

The newest works are rectangular towers, composed of glazed clay panels and tooled metal. “Air” is a relatively subtle treatment of the movement of air -- from gentle breezes to strong winds -- in celadon green. “Ocean” combines waterways and fish on a tower topped by a glittering sun. “Earth,” which greets visitors at the entrance to the show, is a monumental figure with a tree-like body and the face of a goddess.

-- Suzanne Muchnic

Photo: "Earth" by Dora De Larios. Credit: Craft and Folk Art Museum

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I like this! Now, will someone explain to me why it isnt across the street at LACMA, and why it would be folk and craft? Is it because she doesnt have a MFA before her name? And why Shepard Fairey isnt in the poster show, as artistes like him should be in the applied arts section, not the creative. But since he is an at school grad, I guess he gets all the attention, right?. Sheesh.

Art Collegia Delenda Est
Fine art academies msut be destroyed.

I need to cross Wilshire more often. THIS would bring folks in. Bring in buses of folks from our cultural outposts like the Watts Towers, and other local masterpieces, and art would be revitalized. It always starts from the streets, not of spoiled art colonies, but neighborhoods. Not Ivory Towers.

Ironic… Folk art is supposed to be naive. The only thing naive about this skilled and passionate work of art it is that it’s in a folk art museum and not at LACMA putting modern art to shame. The art world is so backwards it doesn’t have to turn around to eat it’s own tail.


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