The Best Art I Saw in 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

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Mexican artist Javier Ocampo’s short video Te Amo was the standout piece in Southern Exposure’s The Tallest Part of the Arch, curated by Marcela Pardo Ariza. Scaling the often gargantuan pedestals of historic monuments (all men, of course), Ocampo wraps himself around the stone heads in loving embraces, making out with monuments to war, “progress” and patriarchal society. In his hands, they become props in a playfully erotic vision of urban architecture, a welcome proposal in the midst of our current debate about public statuary.

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Sarah Hotchkiss