The painter of fat women has turned his focus to a more challenging subject recently. Fernando Botero is currently showing a series of works depicting the Abu Ghraib crimes at the Marlborough New York gallery. For those that can’t make it, there’s a small gallery of the works online here.
ArtInfo.com has also interviewed Fernando Botero and asked him a few questions about why he chose to paint the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
I stole a few quotes from the interview here..
- What happened in Abu Ghraib was a tremendous shock to the whole world. I believe that I have special responsibilities as an artist, and I wanted to say something about it. The artist has the ability to make invisible things visible.
- The fact that I’ve done painting with pleasant subject matter doesn’t make it impossible for me to do work on a subject that touched me very much. Fortunately, I’m a figurative artist, and I can speak directly.
- I will donate these (Abu Ghraib paintings) because I don’t feel like doing business based upon somebody else’s pain.
- Just loving some painters more than others is the first step to knowing who you are as an artist.