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Francisco Zuniga
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Francisco Zuniga:
Rare Paintings on Canvas & A Survey of Original Graphics

January 16 - March 13, 2004
Opening Reception: Friday,  Jan. 16, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
357 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2517
Tel (323) 938-5222  Fax (323) 938-0577

Los Angeles, CA- A significant exhibition entitled "Francisco Zuniga: Rare Paintings on Canvas & A Survey of Original Graphics" will feature one of Mexico's major 20th century artists at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, opening January 16 and extending through March 13, 2004.  This major exhibition represents the first time that Zuniga's exceedingly rare paintings on canvas have been exhibited in the United States, and highlights these works along with a survey of his original graphic works on paper.  Select sculpture and drawings are also included.

This museum quality exhibition is accompanied by the new publication, "Francisco Zuniga, Catalogue Raisonne: Volume II, Oil Paintings & Original Prints, 1927-1986."  This beautifully printed and hardcover book contains 375 illustrations, with essays by Ariel Zuniga (the artist's son) and by Andrew Vlady, master lithographer, in whose studio Zuniga created most of  the original lithographs included in this exhibition. In addition, the book includes an appendix of additions and corrections to "Catalogue Raisonne: Sculpture, Volume I."  Collectively, this two volume reference set documents Zuniga's vast oeuvres as the definitive reference on the artist's work, and is available through the gallery. 

Born in Costa Rica, Francisco Zuniga moved to Mexico in 1936, where his work increasingly gained wide recognition throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Asia, making Zuniga Mexico's most internationally collected artist.

While Widely regarded as Mexico's most important sculptor, Zuniga - whether in his sculpture, graphic works or paintings - celebrates life and its expression through the female form as well as scenes transcending indigenous culture.  His works are included in major museum collections throughout the world.

While works by Zuniga were acquired by major American museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York as early as the beginning of the 1940s, it is notable that Zuniga's importance was dramatically realized in California, where his reputation and legions of collectors - both private and institutional - have been particularly formidable for decades.  Monumental sculptures by Zuniga can be found at entrances and sculpture gardens of important Southern California museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA Sculpture Gardens, USC, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the San Diego Museum of Art.  It seems only appropriate that Zuniga's paintings have their American debut in Los Angeles.

"Francisco Zuniga: Rare Paintings on Canvas & A Survey of Original Graphics" extends through March 13, 2004 at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, located at 357 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 - 6:00; Saturday 10:00 - 5:00.  For additional information, phone (323) 938-5222.

Related Event: A book signing and gallery discussion with Ariel Zuniga, will be presented on February 13, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

Images available upon request

For further information, please contact Jack Rutberg Fine Arts.

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