OPENING RECEPTION with live music by Francisco Herrera
Saturday, Oct. 22 • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. • FREE
Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th Street, San Francisco
Urban landscapist Anthony Holdsworth has been painting beautifully detailed depictions of the Mission District for the past four years. His interest in Latin culture began when he lived in Italy in the late Sixties, and his appreciation deepened when he and his wife Beryl Landau organized the Artists’ Tour of Nicaragua ’84. Since then, Holdsworth has painted frequently in Italy and Mexico. This exhibition includes a selection of paintings created in oil on site at various locations in the Mission District and in the colonial city of Patzcuaro in Michoacán. El Tecolote recently profiled Holdsworth, read it here.
The Mission District is a window on Latin America. When I paint here, my experience of Latin America, especially Mexico, enters the paintings. I am often surprised by the continuity between cultures. The floor plans of homes in the colonial city of Patzcuaro, Michoacán, where I often paint, are identical to the floor plans I observed in Pompeii. But, of course, in Mexico there is a third current which enters the picture. This is Indigenous culture, which is particularly strong around Lake Patzcuaro. These currents are reflected in both my Mexican and Mission District works. And this is what sets my Mission District Series apart from my other cityscapes.
Click for a video interview with Anthony Holdsworth
ABOUT THE JUAN R. FUENTES GALLERY
Nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District at 2958 24th Street, The Juan R. Fuentes Gallery seeks to showcase the work of artists whose work depicts the nuances of Latino life locally, nationally and internationally.
The lower exterior wall of the gallery features scaled down, exact replicas of several Maya bas-relief masterpieces. The gallery is surrounded by the vibrancy of Latino culture that has made this area world-renowned and a popular tourist destination. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 pm.
“Acción Latina plays an integral role in supporting the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, a culturally rich and vibrant commercial corridor. Through Mayor Lee’s investment, Acción Latina will continue to be a place where important Latino stories can be shared to inform, educate, and inspire our communities,” said Joaquin Torres, director of Invest In Neighborhoods, an initiative of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.