September 2, 2008

Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib

San Francisco's non-profit Meridian Gallery will host an exhibit Art of Democracy: War and Empire, from September 4 to November 4, 2008 where more than 40 artists will be featured. Among the artists represented will be Colombian master Fernando Botero who will present several pieces from his Abu Ghraib collection of paintings and drawings depicting Iraqi prisoners being tortured in Abu Ghraib prison at the hands of American servicemen and women. Botero is mostly known for his paintings of human figures of very exagerated proportions and corpulence.

The first painting in the gallery is one of the pictures that will be exhibited at the Meridian and I decided to add a few more images of Abu Ghraib because I really admire Botero's work and his willingness to tackle a controversial subject through his art.

Meridian Gallery

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