Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision
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Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision

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Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin StreetSan FranciscoCA 94102
Free - $20
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San Francisco-born Carlos Villa (1936–2013) was a groundbreaking American artist whose work broadened the horizons of 20th-century modernism. His search for personal and aesthetic meaning in his own Filipino heritage and global indigenous cultures led him to develop an original and expansive approach to art and the role of the artist. Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision invites you into Villa’s spectacular, visually magical worlds of feathers and photographs, capes and masks, bones and tattoos. The first major museum retrospective dedicated to the work of a Filipino American artist, it celebrates Villa’s exuberant work and enduring influence as a teacher, curator, and activist. The exhibition focuses on Villa’s drawings, mixed-media paintings, and constructions from the 1970s, the decade when the artist burst onto the art scene with a vibrant, multicultural aesthetic. In this period, he experimented with combining the techniques of Western painting with materials and forms of non-Western art, connecting with global tribal and ethnographic traditions to explore his own identity. This rich mix of influences became the hallmark of his creative output. Open Thu 1 pm–8 pm, Fri–Mon 10 am–5pm

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