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Juan Bastos: California Portraits

11.05.2017 - 11.18.2017

Juan Bastos: California Portraits

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  [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://www.fada.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/movie.mp4"][/video]       Los Angeles, Calif. – September 25, 2017. The Denenberg Fine Arts Gallery has announced a retrospective exhibit, Juan Bastos: California Portraits, opening on November 4th with an invitation-only reception. The show is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA - Latin American & Latino Art in LA. The exhibition brings together 35 oil paintings, pastels, and pencil drawings of distinguished Californians and other commissions, painted and drawn by Bastos from 1996 to 2017. “One of the last and very best portrait artists who still works from life.”

Don Bachardy, Artist

  Portraits of Richard Harrison, Sir Ian McKellen, the children of Jimmy and Vicki Iovine, Rudolph Nureyev, Patricia Morison, Lawrence Platt, Don Bachardy, Dr. Alan Shabo, Valerie Sobel, Susan Sontag, Charlize Theron, Gore Vidal, Maria Vidal, Andrew and Erna Viterbi, and Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson will be among the portraits on view. “The opening night is an opportunity for many of my portrait subjects to see their portraits displayed in a group exhibition for the first time,” says Bastos.  “Juan's portraits from life fuse memory and culture in an honored tradition to give us a rendering of the emotional truth of specific personalities,” says gallery owner Stuart Denenberg. Juan Bastos: California Portraits is part of the Participating Gallery Program of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.   Juan Bastos is a Bolivian-American who has lived and worked in Los Angeles for 22 years. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1958, he and his family returned to their homeland 11 years later. In 1979 Juan came to the United States where he enrolled at Georgetown University, later obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts from Towson University.   Bastos portraits are displayed in private residences, embassies, churches, libraries, universities, government buildings, and corporate offices in California, and throughout the US, South America, and Europe. Commissioning institutions include the University of Southern California, Good Samaritan Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, George Washington University, and Harvard University.   In 1999 the New York Times featured Bastos in a front page Arts & Culture story about the reemergence of traditional portraiture. Important art collectors Philip Niarchos, Eugenio Lopez, and Pamela Joyner have commissioned Bastos portraits.   DENENBERG FINE ARTS Denenberg Fine Arts was established in Boston in 1965, in San Francisco from 1983 to 2001, and since 2002 in a landmark building in the West Hollywood Design District at 417 N. San Vicente Blvd as a private gallery by appointment . Public Opening: Sunday, November 5, 10am -5 pm Gallery hours: November 8 - 18th, 2017  Wednesday - Saturday10am – 5pm or by appointment   Inquiries for Portrait Commissions: Stuart Denenberg gallery@denenbergfinearts.com Tel: 310-360-9360   RSVP caroline@c4global.com Street parking by provided permits   Media inquiries: C4 Global Communications Caroline Graham caroline@c4global.com 310-899-2727


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Denenberg Fine Arts

417 North San Vicente Blvd

(between Melrose & Beverly Blvd)

West Hollywood