Achiote

Achiote

Antonio Caro signing the silkscreen. Editor Erik Kirksaether. Freijo Gallery Production.

Antonio Caro signing the silkscreen. Editor Erik Kirksaether. Freijo Gallery Production.

Antonio Caro signing the silkscreen. Editor Erik Kirksaether. Freijo Gallery Production.

Antonio Caro signing the silkscreen. Editor Erik Kirksaether. Freijo Gallery Production.

Milpa, 40x60 cm. Edition of 10. Signed and numbered in pencil. Screen printing on handmade paper. Editor Erik Kirksaether. Freijo Gallery Production.

Milpa, 40x60 cm. Edition of 10. Signed and numbered in pencil. Screen printing on handmade paper. Editor Erik Kirksaether. Freijo Gallery Production.

Mineria. Embroidered flag.

Mineria. Embroidered flag.

Mineria. Embroidered flag.

Mineria. Embroidered flag.

Colombia, 1977. Embroidered flag.

Colombia, 1977. Embroidered flag.

Antonio Caro

Since 1970, Antonio Caro has consolidated an artistic career that, according to the categorizations of history and criticism, denotes a reliable example of conceptual art in Colombia. Since then, Caro's work has proposed a critical look at the political and social conditions of his country, as at the way in which academically and popularly certain historical processes have been understood. He has achieved this through the application of unconventional procedures in traditional artistic practice, such as photocopies, public installations, conferences or posters, and materials linked to native cultural practices, such as salt or achiote. In the vast majority of his works, the use of texts as a tool that allows him to communicate blunt messages, but which at the same time acquires paradoxical nuances - usually of a political nature - is important, according to his way of elaboration and dissemination.

Such is the case of the works Sal (1971), Imperialism is a paper tiger (1972), Here art does not fit (1972), Here there is no case (1974), Colombia-Marlboro (1975), Defend his talent ”(1977), Everything is very Expensive (1978), Tribute to Manuel Quintín Lame (1979), Project 500 (1987), Achiote, among others.

His work is part of the following collections: Center Pompidou, Paris, France, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA, Bank of the Republic, Colombia, Charpenel Collection, Guadalajara, Mexico, Daros Latinamerica, Zurich, Switzerland, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA, National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia, Museum of Modern Art of Barranquilla, Colombia, Museum of Modern Art of Caracas, Venezuela, Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia , Museum of Modern Art, Pereira, Colombia, Queens Museum, New York, USA and some private collections from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and USA.

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