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Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision

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San Francisco-born Carlos Villa (1936-2013) was a groundbreaking American artist whose work broadened the horizons of 20th-century modernism. His search for personal and aesthetic meaning in his own Filipino heritage and global indigenous cultures led him to develop an original and expansive approach to art and the role of the artist.

"Terrific. . . . a fascinating document of Villa's bold and experimental self-expression." --The New York Times

Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision invites you into Villa's spectacular, visually magical worlds of feathers and photographs, capes and masks, bones and tattoos. The first major museum retrospective dedicated to the work of a Filipino American artist, it celebrates Villa's exuberant work and enduring influence as a teacher, curator, and activist.

The exhibition focuses on Villa's drawings, mixed-media paintings, and constructions from the 1970s, the decade when the artist burst onto the art scene with a vibrant, multicultural aesthetic. In this period, he experimented with combining the techniques of Western painting with materials and forms of non-Western art, connecting with global tribal and ethnographic traditions to explore his own identity. This rich mix of influences became the hallmark of his creative output.

Worlds in Collision also includes artworks that show Villa exploring his cultural identity through his own body. For example, Villa painted Maori-inspired tattoos on an image of his own face in Tat2 (1971), which represents his growing desire to show his identification with indigenous peoples throughout the Pacific and the Americas.
San Francisco-born Carlos Villa (1936-2013) was a groundbreaking American artist whose work broadened the horizons of 20th-century modernism. His search for personal and aesthetic meaning in his own Filipino heritage and global indigenous cultures led him to develop an original and expansive approach to art and the role of the artist.

"Terrific. . . . a fascinating document of Villa's bold and experimental self-expression." --The New York Times

Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision invites you into Villa's spectacular, visually magical worlds of feathers and photographs, capes and masks, bones and tattoos. The first major museum retrospective dedicated to the work of a Filipino American artist, it celebrates Villa's exuberant work and enduring influence as a teacher, curator, and activist.

The exhibition focuses on Villa's drawings, mixed-media paintings, and constructions from the 1970s, the decade when the artist burst onto the art scene with a vibrant, multicultural aesthetic. In this period, he experimented with combining the techniques of Western painting with materials and forms of non-Western art, connecting with global tribal and ethnographic traditions to explore his own identity. This rich mix of influences became the hallmark of his creative output.

Worlds in Collision also includes artworks that show Villa exploring his cultural identity through his own body. For example, Villa painted Maori-inspired tattoos on an image of his own face in Tat2 (1971), which represents his growing desire to show his identification with indigenous peoples throughout the Pacific and the Americas.
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Asian Art Museum 328 Upcoming Events
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