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June 25, 2012

Hisaji Hara: A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus | Using medium-format film and meticulous in-camera methods, Hisaji Hara reinvents the legendary and provocative paintings of highly revered 20th century figurative painter, Balthus (1908-2001). In his staged tableaux, Hara appropriates the adolescent subjects featured in Balthus' canvases, paying particular attention to details in posture and expression. The setting as well as the costuming, however, are uniquely Japanese. Thus, the artist culls from the suggestive vocabulary of the originals -- paintings simultaneously youthful and erotic -- while playing with strict architectural formalism and Lolitaesque obsessions that anchor the work in Japanese cultural traditions.

Hisaji Hara: A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus closes July 7 at RoseGallery

Francisco Toledo: Multiples | Best known for his depictions of a reality where the world of animals and humans forms a continuous unity, Toledo, an extremely versatile artist, works in varied media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. This new exhibit features 40 mixed-media works. Many of these feature laser-cut elements, made from Toledo's drawings, collaged to vellum or heavy paper and painted in oil or watercolor. Four of these have been made in numbered editions, however Toledo has hand-painted each piece in the edition. Some works feature a net motif that ties together the composition. These nets have a web-like beauty but, like a spiders web, are capable of entrapping living creatures.

Francisco Toledo: Multiples closes July 7 at Latin American Masters

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