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Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz

Los Angeles Country Museum of Art

6 Aug - 3 Dec 2017

LACMA presents the first major survey of paintings by Carlos Almaraz (1941–1989). The exhibition features 65 works, including many paintings and several drawings from the artist’s studio-based practice. Almaraz was legendary during his lifetime, initially as a political activist and a co-founder of Los Four – one of the first Chicano artist collectives to emerge in Southern California in the 1970s – and ultimately as a visionary studio artist whose compelling images convey a deep psychological force. A highlight of the exhibition is the 24-foot-wide Echo Park Lake nos. 1–4 (1982), a four-panelled painting reminiscent of Claude Monet’s Impressionistic renderings of lily ponds and Parisian parks. This will be the first time that the four panels have been reunited since 1987. Find out more about the ‘Playing with Fire’ exhibition from LACMA’s website.

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Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit Go to Town (1982), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy Robert M. DeLapp Gallery

Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit Go to Town (1982), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy Robert M. DeLapp Gallery

Yellow Morning (1986), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy AltaMed Health Services Corporation Art Collection, Los Angeles

Yellow Morning (1986), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy AltaMed Health Services Corporation Art Collection, Los Angeles

Suburban Nightmare (1983), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Bliss Photography

Suburban Nightmare (1983), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Bliss Photography

Tree of Life (1987), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Bliss Photography

Tree of Life (1987), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Bliss Photography

Echo Park Bridge at Night (1989), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Isabella McGrath

Echo Park Bridge at Night (1989), Carlos Almaraz. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo by Isabella McGrath

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