The South Gallery will feature new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Salomón Huerta. For this exhibition, Huerta presents a new series of portraits depicting celebrated boxers such as Mohammed Ali, Leon Spinks and Manny Pacquiao. Huerta’s portraits continue his examination of assumed social identity, this time by contrasting these powerful figures that have become intrinsically linked with violence to the medium of watercolor, historically aligned with the pastoral tranquility of landscape.
Huerta (Tijuana, Mexico, 1965) lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, and exhibitions at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, and a solo exhibition of his paintings at Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX. Huerta's paintings are in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, among others.