Thursday, February 15, 2007

Armando Reverón

I don't read all the arts news that comes into the inbox, but this one from an article in the New York Times caught my eye. Armando Reverón was an Venezuelan artist, and he made these life-sized dolls to use as models in his paintings. However, they eventually became a kind of extended family; he gave them names, made them clothes and musical instruments and pets, even constructed a cafe for them to hang out in. The writer descibes them as "tattered mummies, a macabre sight", but I found it touching, at least on the surface, that he peopled his life with these dolls.
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