Francis Estrada on Alfonso Ossorio’s Empty Chair or The Last Colonial
When painting proved insufficient, Ossorio turned to “congregations” of objects to convey his thoughts.
Jul 15, 2022
In the online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Francis Estrada talks about Filipino artist Alfonso Ossorio’s assemblage, or “congregation,” Empty Chair or The Last Colonial, and is inspired by the presence of familiar objects reminiscent of relics, altarpieces, and wards against evil.
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