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Sueño de las alturas [Dream of the Heights]

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Sueño de las alturas [Dream of the Heights]

20th century
127 cm x 123.5 cm x 12.7 cm (50 in. x 48 5/8 in. x 5 in.)

Miguel Angel Ríos (Catamarca, Argentina, 1943 - ) Primary

Object Type: construction
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support: Ceramic, paint and wire on canvas over wood on Board
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Barbara Duncan, 1994
Accession Number: 1994.123.1/2-2/2

Ríos combines geometric abstraction with pre-Colombian craft traditions and ancient symbols to reference complex issues such as the colonization and cultural conquest of Latin American territory, history and language. Sueño de las alturas [Dream of the Heights] is part of a series of works focusing on different forms of earth. The ceramic ovoid shapes attained their color by being fired with a variety of plants indigenous to Ríos’ birthplace in the Argentinean Andes Mountains. Arranged in a grid, the spheres are incised, painted and modeled with markings that evoke an indecipherable language and the rhythm of textile patterns native to the region.

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