Botero’s Abu Ghraib paintings

Fernando Botero

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Art in America – January 2007

Art in America – January 2007

I’m not normally a big fan of Botero’s work, but I chose these images as examples of an artist who loves art. I chose them because of their rich detail and brutal honesty. I don’t think Botero would use painting to portray a brutal reality like Abu Ghraib unless he loved it and felt that it was capable of altering public consciousness. What I mean is that I think Botero has a lot of confidence in the capabilities of painting.

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