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Since the early 1970s, Botero (b.1932) has been considered an important international artist, although his reputation in his native Columbia had been established since the 1950s. Trained during adolescence as a matador, he discovered works by Diego Rivera, David Siquerios, and Jose Orozco that permanently altered his vision and commitment to drawing and painting. Beginning as a set designer, he lived in Bogota; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Paris; Florence; then New York City in 1960. Botero's vision underwent transformation to his mature, signature style, characterized by inflated and rotund forms of often-nude female figures frequently alluding to past masters, occasionally bordering on caricature. In the mid-1980s, Botero began working in bronze, often monumental and public sculptures, further exploring these formal and thematic elements. This catalog for the first retrospective exhibition of Botero's work in the US in more than three decades provides a fine selection of his entire oeuvre, with some 100 works all reproduced in full-page color, 63 paintings, 18 drawings, and 19 sculptures. The book includes three fine essays: Sillevis, "Botero's Baroque"; Elliott, "A Painter of Lost and Angry Pictures"; and Sullivan, "Fernando Botero: Critical Strategies." Well produced; reasonably priced. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Weidman Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
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