Dan McCleary, Skull # 5, 2017, etching, aquatint, pastel and watercolor, trial proof, 8 x 7 inches, courtesy of the artist


What's it all about?

Since 2000 the Los Angeles-based artist Dan McCleary has made regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with Mexican master printer Fernando Sandoval. The exhibition focuses on the prints McCleary has made at the Taller, mostly etchings and other forms of intaglio, along with related paintings and drawings. His subject-matter has ranged from sugar skulls to a head of Christ after the Renaissance painter Correggio, from studies of men and women—in a series titled Masculine/Feminine—to portraits and floral still lifes. McCleary takes a pride in his relationship with Sandoval and his increasing command of traditional printmaking, and the exhibition will include educational materials to convey the subtleties of the various techniques he uses.

Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca is a changing and growing exhibition first shown at the Oceanside Museum of Art in 2016-17. Some prints that McCleary made on his most recent Oaxacan sojourn, in May-June 2017, will be shown for the first time.

Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

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