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Object Lesson: Roberto Chavez's dusty shelf of famous men
Object Lesson: Roberto Chavez's dusty shelf of famous men

One of the best outcomes of Pacific Standard Time (PST), the series of Getty Foundation-funded exhibitions first staged in 2011, is that it got Southern California to study its own art history — bringing to light the work of artists who had been somewhat overlooked. Case in point: painter and muralist Roberto Chavez, who was born and raised in East Los Angeles. Chavez (who now resides in Arizona) is an accomplished painter who has shown his works at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., among various other institutions. In the 1970s, he completed a number of mural commissions around L.A., including a piece titled "The Path to Knowledge and the False...

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