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Buenos Aires (I Used to Love that Suicide World)

2000
21st century
121.3 cm x 152.4 cm (47 3/4 in. x 60 in.)

Diego Gravinese (Buenos Aires, 1971 - ) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support: Acrylic on canvas
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase, 2003
Accession Number: 2003.108

While Photorealism is usually explained as a uniquely American artistic style, it has also had important contributions in Latin America. Gravinese, a young artist from Argentina, is a leading figure within the contemporary re-birth of this style. The precise realism of this painting, based on a photograph, is contradicted by the loose, gestural marks on the surface, which remind the viewer that this is a painting, not a photograph. This work was painted while the artist was in New York, and the title refers to his nostalgia for Buenos Aires’s frantic nightlife. The photograph of a frozen suspended image, and its animated surface, recall the bitter-sweet experience of nostalgia, memory, and longing.

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