Cordero sacrificado [Sacrificed Lamb]
236.2 cm x 130.8 cm (93 in. x 51 1/2 in.)
(San Ignacio, Paraguay, 1962 - 1996, Buenos Aires)
Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support:
Acrylic on polyester blanket
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Museum purchase with funds provided by Donald R. Mullins, Jr., 2004
In Buenos Aires in the 1990s, a new generation of artists responded enthusiastically to the recent democratically elected government and to the air of social tolerance that came with it. Feliciano Centurión was a central figure in the Arte Light movement, known for flamboyant, irreverent works that embodied progressive attitudes about lifestyle and sexuality. By using cheap blankets as the support for large-scale paintings, he sought a new type of beauty through the language of kitsch, humor, and theatricality.
Centurión painted his most poignant and personal work, "Sacrificed Lamb," the day he was diagnosed with AIDS. The timing of the work, along with the Christian symbol of the sacrificial lamb, reflects a somber undercurrent in his humor and a sense of impending mortality.