69.8 cm x 100 cm (27 1/2 in. x 39 3/8 in.)
Antonio Caro (aka Anotonio Jose Caro)
(Bogotá, Colombia, 1950 – )
Latin America, Colombian
Medium and Support:
Enamel on tin
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Susman Collection, 2014
"Colombia Coca-Cola," first painted in 1976 and later proliferated in different sizes and formats, presents the name of the artist’s country in the iconic Coca-Cola script. Caro’s recycling and subversion of ubiquitous logos like this one derives from his experience working for an advertising agency in the early 1970s. Here the superimposition of nation and logo points not only to a history of U.S. imperialism in the region, but also to how the line between “us” and “them”—consumers and producers—has become blurred.