Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form focuses on the earlier periods in the artist’s life that played a significant influence on his artistic styles and form, from conceptualism and minimalism when he lived in New York in the 1960s, to a burst of color and figurative work when he returned to Los Angeles. It explores his search for his cultural roots and sexual identity and his personal and professional relationship with his wife and fellow artist Elsa Flores Almaraz.
The exhibition was curated by Dr. Susana Smith Bautista. It includes early black and white grid-like compositions in graphite on paper and abstract color grids in pastel from the 1960s and the beginning of figurative works in the 1970s. Also included are a selection of the artist’s personal sketchbooks from 1969 and his later trips to China. Some of the works displayed that have not been exhibited for decades, including the recently restored mural on paper La Conquista (1972), two untitled spray can murals from 1971 inspired by the collective murals of Los Four, and a large foreboding painting End of an Era (1986). Also included in the exhibition are black and white photographs by Elsa Flores Almaraz from 1975 to 1982, showing a glimpse into the Chicano art scene of that time.
Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form 3D Virtual Tour
Explore an interactive virtual tour of our exhibition. Walk through our galleries from anywhere on your favorite device and view the artworks and stories of the renowned Chicano artist. Enjoy the 360-degree views of the exhibition from all angles for a true interactive and immersive experience. Click here to learn how to navigate the tour.
Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form: An Exhibition Walkthrough | March 19, 2020
View a filmed walkthrough with curator Dr. Susana Smith Bautista and artist/photographer Elsa Flores Almaraz.
En Casa con LA Plaza: Carlos Almaraz: Evolution of Form | An Intimate Walkthrough with Elsa Flores Almaraz | September 24, 2020
The Art and Life of Carlos Almaraz: Documentary Panel Discussion | July 17, 2020
A lively panel discussion with “Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire” documentary co-directors Elsa Flores Almaraz and Richard Montoya and artists Barbara Carrasco, Frank Romero, and John Valadez, moderated by Dan Guerrero.