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Cristina Vergano: Just For You

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 15 Nov 2009

Pop Art’s influence emerges in many of the paintings in the form of reversed talk balloons or Lichtenstein paintings taken out of context. This ironic, graphic imagery playfully offset scenes Cristina Vergano painted in the classical style.

Several paintings represent Vergano’s recent obsession with Picasso. In two portraits of his companions, Olga Khokhlova and Francoise Gilot, she blends Picasso’s style with her own, and inserts trompe l’oeil clippings of his poetry, drawings and photos. Vergano’s “Demoiselles d’Avignon” - set in a California modernist (whore) house populated with nude beauties - are caught in the act of taking off their African masks to reveal their own animal heads. They recall female versions of Egyptian gods as well as classical statues with a substantial nod to surrealism.

Vergano once again challenges the viewer to contemplate issues about female identity, expectations and desires, our secret selves, and the role of art in our culture.

Catch Cristina Vergano’s Just For You now on display through January 9, 2010 at Woodward Gallery.

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