de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Reverse Anthropology Archives: Works on Paper by Enrique Chagoya

April 17-Aug. 1, 2004

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Enrique Chagoya describes his work as representing a "conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities." In his bold and dynamic works on paper, Chagoya combines images from diverse sources (such as Mexican Catholicism, popular culture, and advertising) and crafts them into works of art with powerful and resonant meanings. As this exhibition demonstrates, Chagoya is a masterful printmaker. Reverse Anthropology Archives will feature numerous examples of his work in the medium, including lithographs, monotypes, etchings, Iris prints, and codex books.

Enrique Chagoya is a Mexican-born painter and printmaker who has been living and working in the United States since 1977. His work has been the focus of recent solo exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Gallery Paule Anglim. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Images: left to right: Enrique Chagoya, Untitled, 1998, Edition variee with a multiple of a shoe, 20 x 26 x 4 in., Shoe manufactured by Satellite, Mountain View, CA, Published jointly by Smith Andersen Editions and Emily Gross-O'Neil, Courtesy of Smith Andersen Editions. Enrique Chagoya, Untitled (from The Big Little Book series), 1996, 26 x 30in., Published by Smith Andersen Editions, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Paule Anglim.