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Alberto Valdés - Drawings from the Archive featuring Todd Scalise, Episode 51

March 16th, 2023

Blue Rain Gallery Sales Associate Todd Scalise joins us on the podcast to talk about our upcoming show "Drawings from the Archive" featuring never before seen charcoal drawings by Alberto Valdés.

Email us at [email protected] for a copy of the show brochure or view the digital copy here (Brochure foreword by Todd Scalise)

Join us for the show's opening reception Friday, March 31st from 5 - 7pm, 2023

Listen to Episode 19: David and Alberto Valdés:

View work by Alberto Valdés:

Alberto Valdés 1918-1998

It was the early 20th Century Modernists, among them Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Wassily Kandinsky, and most importantly, Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, that particularly appealed to Valdés and, years later, he stated that “through the years of study, they have given me the necessary foundation that I needed.”

In addition, his own neighborhood of Boyle Heights had a profound influence on him: East L.A. was a hotbed for the Mexican-American, or Chicano, Civil Rights Movement (el Movimiento), which began in the 1940s and culminated in the 1970s. The ideology of the era celebrated a Pre-Columbian cultural origin and many artists embraced a hybridized heritage with indigenous iconography like ancient glyphs and figures.


The Blue Rain Gallery Podcast is hosted by Leroy Garcia and produced by Leah Garcia. Music by Mozart Gabriel Abeyta.


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