catch the 'Xul Solarn' Exhibit in Houston

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts ‘Xul Solarn’ Exhibit
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The philosophically and spiritually inspired works of Xul Solar, one of Argentina’s most important proponents of avant-garde art, are the focus of an exhibition to be shown for the first time in the United States at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Opening January 29, 2006, Xul Solar: Visions and Revelations features more than 90 paintings in oil, tempera, and watercolor, many of which have never before been exhibited, and includes Jefa (Patroness) (1923), newly acquired for the MFAH’s Latin American art collection. The paintings reflect Solar’s study of music, astrology, language and writing, and world religions, and are rendered in a unique style that incorporates flat backgrounds, geometrized figures, and image-word collages. The exhibition will be on view through April 16, 2006 in the museum’s Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Street.


Among the paintings in the exhibition from Solar’s early years in Europe are Dos Anjos/Two Angels (1915), Tláloc, (o Tláloc (divo Iluvi)) (1923), and the MFAH’s Jefa (Patroness), three watercolors that address the artist’s varied interests. Dos Anjos depicts two long-haired, winged figures floating against a green background. One holds a scarf, the other holds an arrowhead-shaped pendant on a necklace. Solar’s religion-inspired works express his notions of divine revelation, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Tláloc reflects Solar’s interest in Pre-Columbian and Native American themes. In Jefa, a cat-like central figure is layered with Solar’s symbols culled from Egyptian, Asian, and Pre-Columbian sources and labeled with the word “jefa.”


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