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Barrio Boogie Woogie

Barrio Boogie Woogie

Artist: Francis J. Rivera (born 1953)

Department: Art
Date: 1985-1990
Medium: oil and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
60 x 62 in. (152.4 x 157.5 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1989 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1990.18.1
On view
Label Text:Francis J. Rivera’s depiction of Albuquerque captures a view of the city from the perspective of the Barelas Community. While the historic Latino barrio and car culture are featured in the center of the painting, Rivera also captures the landscape of the Rio Grande Valley, Tingley Beach, and the Sandia Mountains. Reflections on the presence of Military bases, industrialization, and the railroad also permeate the composition of the painting. According to Rivera, “Barrio Boogie Woogie is the first in a series of paintings named after Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie. It is influenced by a sense of urban modernism. With flat lines and chips of color, Mondrian was able to convey the sounds and speed of the city. Heavily influenced by jazz, his work reads like visual music.”
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