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This painting is a miniature version of "La Gloriosa Victoria" by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. This work recreates the mural in deep reds and blacks, creating a seemingly projected effect as opposed to the painted original.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

El mural (1954)

This painting is a miniature version of La Gloriosa Victoria by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. This work recreates the mural in deep reds and blacks, creating a seemingly projected effect as opposed to the painted original. In the composition, an unknown figure watches the projection like a visitor in a museum. The mural was Rivera’s statement against the presidency of Carlos Castillo Armas and the support it received from the United States to benefit the interests of the United Fruit Company—a multinational that extended its influence across Central America and that had serious involvement in gruesome dictatorships throughout the region. This work is part of a series by the artist, Calligeris, which was the codename given by the CIA to the Guatemalan colonel, Carlos Castillo Armas, in the covert operation PBSUCCESS in 1954.

José Morbán’s work draws from archives, found photographs, documents and other memorabilia from the place now called Dominican Republic. The artist tries to make sense of their personal history and, more broadly, the history of the island. Morbán's work creates fictions as a way to revise the Dominican collective memory and the figures who shape it—exploring political power and its physical manifestations, as well as the instrumentalization of media for political gain.

Specs:

21 inches
21 inches

③ Artist:

José Morbán

José Morbán’s practice attempts to make sense of their personal history and, more broadly, the history of the island where they were born and live. The artist’s work draws from archives, found photographs, documents and other memorabilia from the place now called Dominican Republic to create fictions that revise the Dominican collective memory and the figures who shape it. Morbán’s work explores political power and its physical manifestations, as well as the instrumentalization of media for political gain.

José Morbán:
El mural (1954), 2022
Oil on canvas
21.0 × 21.0 inches /