Robert Colescott: The Art Of Caricature

At Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (Through April 28, 2018)
Reviewed by Emily Nimptsch

Honoring the life and legacy of beloved American figurative artist Robert Colescott (1925–2009), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles is currently exhibiting a sweeping retrospective of this satirical painter and draughtsman’s most celebrated works. Bristling with saturated tangerine, crimson, and aquamarine hues, these scathing yet sanguine images brilliantly satirize American race and gender dynamics while fusing surrealist, pop art, and abstract expressionist aesthetics.

Organized thematically, this poignant and witty collection divides Colescott’s nearly sixty-year career into four distinct and significant categories. The first of which centers around notions of hedonism and societal inequality. Painted in the mid-1970s, these nine large-scale works on canvas immediately entice the eye and delve into the triumphs and tragedies of American culture with an emphasis on patriotism, cowboys, sex, and racial stereotypes…

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Robert Colescott, “Peeping Tom”

To read the entire review of Colescott’s retrospective at Blum & Poe, go to Riot Material magazine: https://www.riotmaterial.com/robert-colescott-the-art-of-caricature/

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