Critic’s Choice: Primal lust in the art of Mexican master Francisco Toledo
Francisco Toledo draws with an exquisitely fine line, but boundaries, as a rule, aren’t his thing. In his universe, continuity and fluidity reign. The erotic elides into the comic. A human is just another animal. The internal, psychic landscape assumes external, physical form.
Born in 1940 in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and based in its capital city, Toledo defines his practice broadly too, moving freely among media -- painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics. His works on paper are the focus of a largely exhilarating show now at Latin American Masters.
Among the strongest of the prints is a wonderfully surreal woodcut, etching and aquatint (1984) starring Benito Juarez seated with his feet resting on turtles. Among the clumsiest of the works are recent collages incorporating fish and crab shapes cut from sheets of mica.
Latin American Masters, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 829-4455, through April 23. Closed Sunday and Monday. www.latinamericanmasters.com
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