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Title

Mexicanismo

1990

Artist

Juan Davila

Chile, Australia

06 Oct 1946 –

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  • Details

    Date
    1990
    Media category
    Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    oil, collage on canvas
    Dimensions
    280.0 x 434.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with assistance from the Rudy Komon Memorial Fund 1992
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    299.1992
    Copyright
    Unable to display image due to copyright restrictions
    Artist information
    Juan Davila

    Works in the collection

    8

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  • About

    Originally from Santiago, Chile, Juan Davila arrived in Australia in 1974 and lives in Melbourne. Well-known for the confrontational content of his paintings and installations that juxtapose pseudo-pornographic scenes with references to famous figures in high art and culture, Davila's main concern is to highlight the political, economic and sexual identities that differ across cultures. The patchwork style of his painting, 'Mexicanismo' 1990, questions the clichéd representation of Third World cultures as "exotic" and invokes the consumer excess of the developed world. Typical of Davila's work are the references to popular culture, kitsch, craft and American modernism, suggesting that identity itself is in a state of continual evolution and subject to the forces of dominant cultural models.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1994.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

Other works by Juan Davila

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