The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 22, 2009

‘Rage’ on exhibit

80 pieces of renowned Latin artist’s work on display

LEWISBURG — Dan Mills says when he first saw the work of famed Latin American artist Oswaldo Guayasamín, he was awestruck by its passion and sensitivity.

Its intensity was just as obvious, according to Mills.

“I’ve never felt small before when looking at art, but his work made me feel so small,” said Mills, director of Bucknell’s Samek Art Gallery. “When you look at it you can’t help but have a strong response. It doesn’t take long to understand what he wanted to say.”

Mills is now even more excited about Guayasamín’s work — which focuses on emotional subjects of war, discrimination and injustices of cultures — since the rest of the Valley has a chance to view more than 80 pieces at the Samek Art Gallery in the Elaine Langone Center from Monday through March 27.

The exhibition, “Of Rage and Redemption: The Art of Oswaldo Guayasamín,” is the largest collection of Guayasamín’s work in exhibition in the United States in more than 50 years, according to Mills.

“This is really a ground-breaking exhibition,” Mills said.

In addition to paintings, the exhibition also includes sketches, works on paper and a series of prints. Lighting will be a key feature, according to Mills.

“It will be dramatically lit,” Mills said. “Passion is a central playing theme in his work, and we want to really bring that out. This is the first time we have been able to see this artist’s work on this scale in more than 50 years.”

The traveling exhibition is making its second to last stop across the country at Bucknell before heading to the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Calif., in April.

Previous stops included Washington, D.C., and San Antonio, Texas, according to Joseph Mella, director of Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, which organized the exhibition in cooperation with the Guayasamín Foundation in Ecuador.

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