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May 1, 2001 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
"The Broadway Mural," John Valadez's landmark, 60-foot-long painting of downtown Los Angeles street life, has been rescued from the auction block. Peter Norton, a Los Angeles-based computer guru and a major collector of contemporary art, has purchased the epic artwork, along with a group of 28 portraits by Valadez.
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June 13, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
“Artifex,” at Koplin Del Rio, is a group exhibition of Chicano artists that claims to transcend Chicano identity. It's not clear exactly what this means, but the show draws some nice connections between artists who are far-flung except, of course, for their Chicano identities. Have we come so far that it is surprising to find Chicano artists have something in common? Or is it proof that there is something called “Chicano art”? At any rate, there is a sympathetic vibration between Shizu Saldamando's delicately drawn portraits of her hip young friends and Harry Gamboa Jr.'s black and white photographs of his Chicano male buddies.
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November 29, 1992 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, Max Benavidez is a writer and critic
Successful artists have peculiar destinies. They work, sometimes for decades, refining their aesthetic vision, and then the times suddenly catch up with them. For painter and artist John Valadez, whose work often presents unsettling inner conflicts in grand metaphorical terms, the time seems to be right. The Nervous '90s are well-suited to a body of work that reflects on racial conflict, sexual ambiguity and existential uncertainty.
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October 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Eighty years ago today, civic leaders gathered outdoors on the second floor of an Olvera Street social club to dedicate a remarkable painting. "América Tropical," by visiting Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, was being unveiled on an outside wall of Italian Hall. Dean Cornwell, a prominent local illustrator who had just finished a sugary mural cycle about California history for the rotunda of the Central Library, said a few congratulatory words. Arthur Millier, The Times' art critic, would soon praise the politically trenchant painting for being "stern, strong, tragic.
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July 30, 1998
"El Mundo Inalcanzable De Susana San Juan"--Photographs by Josephine Sacabo, including "El Arbolito," above, go on exhibit Saturday at the Gallery of Contemporary Photography. * "The Summer Show"--An exhibition of works by Gronk, Pattsi Valdez, Carlos Almaraz, John Valadez, Harry Gamboa Jr. Gilbert Lujan and others opens Saturday at Daniel Saxon Gallery. * "Restraining Order . . .
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September 25, 2000 | NANCY FORREST
The Carnegie Art Museum hosted a reception Sunday for the opening of the exhibit "John Valadez: La Frontera/The Border," a major acquisition for the museum's permanent collection. Valadez's work was celebrated along with loaned works from the collection of actor Cheech Marin and art by Frank Romero, Robert Gil de Montes, Linda Vallejo and Mario Calvano.
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January 26, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS
Moving from well-known scenes of Chicano life into the realm of baroque fantasy is a somewhat bumpy journey for John Valadez. But you have to admire the sheer courage and operatic vigor of recent pastels grouped under the title "Condenados" (The Damned). The better pieces retain some link with modern times and the artist's own style but use Old Master images as a flavorful seasoning.
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June 5, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"For me, living on the border of Montebello and East L.A.," says artist Patssi Valdez, "this was the local school everybody went to. You first came here and then went on to other colleges. " She is sitting on the corner of the campus she attended nearly 40 years ago, in front of the new Vincent Price Art Museum, where she's featured in "Round Trip: Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists" (through Aug. 19). "I'd always wanted to be an artist. " Valdez later got a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, but she vividly recalls the teachers, students and her roots in this part of the city.
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February 10, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
John Valadez renders scenes of street life, domestic violence, sexual longing and appeasement in a bright, detailed, illustrative manner. A group of his pastel drawings and paintings on paper, mostly from the past eight years, reveals a sharp eye for detail but a too-easy acceptance of stale compositional devices and a disconcertingly conservative style for all the underlying pungency of his barrio- based subject matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
“Artifex,” at Koplin Del Rio, is a group exhibition of Chicano artists that claims to transcend Chicano identity. It's not clear exactly what this means, but the show draws some nice connections between artists who are far-flung except, of course, for their Chicano identities. Have we come so far that it is surprising to find Chicano artists have something in common? Or is it proof that there is something called “Chicano art”? At any rate, there is a sympathetic vibration between Shizu Saldamando's delicately drawn portraits of her hip young friends and Harry Gamboa Jr.'s black and white photographs of his Chicano male buddies.
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August 15, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
SAN DIEGO - The term "realism" doesn't exactly fit John Valadez's exceptional work as an artist, even though his paintings and large pastel drawings are characterized by acute observation of men and women going about their business, often in public settings. His compositional framework centers on heightened or self-conscious display - on theatrical performance and human drama, whether striking or routine. The technique simultaneously calls attention to his intervention as an artist.
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June 5, 2011 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"For me, living on the border of Montebello and East L.A.," says artist Patssi Valdez, "this was the local school everybody went to. You first came here and then went on to other colleges. " She is sitting on the corner of the campus she attended nearly 40 years ago, in front of the new Vincent Price Art Museum, where she's featured in "Round Trip: Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists" (through Aug. 19). "I'd always wanted to be an artist. " Valdez later got a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, but she vividly recalls the teachers, students and her roots in this part of the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2001 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
"The Broadway Mural," John Valadez's landmark, 60-foot-long painting of downtown Los Angeles street life, has been rescued from the auction block. Peter Norton, a Los Angeles-based computer guru and a major collector of contemporary art, has purchased the epic artwork, along with a group of 28 portraits by Valadez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2000 | NANCY FORREST
The Carnegie Art Museum hosted a reception Sunday for the opening of the exhibit "John Valadez: La Frontera/The Border," a major acquisition for the museum's permanent collection. Valadez's work was celebrated along with loaned works from the collection of actor Cheech Marin and art by Frank Romero, Robert Gil de Montes, Linda Vallejo and Mario Calvano.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 1998
"El Mundo Inalcanzable De Susana San Juan"--Photographs by Josephine Sacabo, including "El Arbolito," above, go on exhibit Saturday at the Gallery of Contemporary Photography. * "The Summer Show"--An exhibition of works by Gronk, Pattsi Valdez, Carlos Almaraz, John Valadez, Harry Gamboa Jr. Gilbert Lujan and others opens Saturday at Daniel Saxon Gallery. * "Restraining Order . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1992 | MAX BENAVIDEZ, Max Benavidez is a writer and critic
Successful artists have peculiar destinies. They work, sometimes for decades, refining their aesthetic vision, and then the times suddenly catch up with them. For painter and artist John Valadez, whose work often presents unsettling inner conflicts in grand metaphorical terms, the time seems to be right. The Nervous '90s are well-suited to a body of work that reflects on racial conflict, sexual ambiguity and existential uncertainty.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Eighty years ago today, civic leaders gathered outdoors on the second floor of an Olvera Street social club to dedicate a remarkable painting. "América Tropical," by visiting Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, was being unveiled on an outside wall of Italian Hall. Dean Cornwell, a prominent local illustrator who had just finished a sugary mural cycle about California history for the rotunda of the Central Library, said a few congratulatory words. Arthur Millier, The Times' art critic, would soon praise the politically trenchant painting for being "stern, strong, tragic.
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December 7, 1986 | JOSINE IANCO-STARRELS
The first comprehensive survey exhibition of Symbolist, Expressionist and postwar figurative paintings from the Flemish countries opens Saturday at the Newport Harbor Art Museum and continues through Feb. 22. Co-organized by the museum and the Ministry of the Flemish Community Art Department, "Flemish Expressions: Representational Painting in the 20th Century" contains about 140 paintings and large-scale works on paper by 24 artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS
Moving from well-known scenes of Chicano life into the realm of baroque fantasy is a somewhat bumpy journey for John Valadez. But you have to admire the sheer courage and operatic vigor of recent pastels grouped under the title "Condenados" (The Damned). The better pieces retain some link with modern times and the artist's own style but use Old Master images as a flavorful seasoning.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
John Valadez renders scenes of street life, domestic violence, sexual longing and appeasement in a bright, detailed, illustrative manner. A group of his pastel drawings and paintings on paper, mostly from the past eight years, reveals a sharp eye for detail but a too-easy acceptance of stale compositional devices and a disconcertingly conservative style for all the underlying pungency of his barrio- based subject matter.
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