León Ferrari. Quisiera hacer una estatua (I would like to make a statue). (c. 1964)

León Ferrari

Quisiera hacer una estatua (I would like to make a statue)

(c. 1964)

On view
Ink on paper
39 1/4 x 27 7/8" (99.7 x 70.8 cm)
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Connie Butler
Object number
© 2015 León Ferrari
Drawings and Prints
This work is on view on Floor 6, in Special Exhibitions Gallery South, with 260 other works online.
León Ferrari has 52 works online.
There are 9,602 drawings online.

Written drawings by Ferrari are both drawings as texts and texts as drawings. Typically realized in an overflowing, ornate, and dramatic calligraphy, they feature sarcastic and politically loaded poems masterfully transcribed by the artist. Here Ferrari eloquently describes a statue he would like to create of Lyndon B. Johnson, then president of the United States. "Como Dios cuando mando sus arcángeles marinos a pelear contra los diablos" (As God when he sent his marine archangels to fight against the devils), the artist writes. The political irony with which Ferrari equates Johnson to God must be understood in the context of the artist's militant stance against American colonialism in Latin America and the Vietnam War.

Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016

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