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Story Telling Through Urban Scenes, c. 1989-1998

Valadez returns to the allegory of his earlier narratives, but continues to show influence from European works.

Including Picnic, Pelota, and Pocho Crudo

4:55

“This Population,” Burning Spear 
 

European Influences, c. 1987-89

During a European residency spent in France, Valadez sought inspiration from the masters of the Renaissance.

Including Battle of Cultures and Fall of Babel

2:01

“God’s Lonely Man,” Bernard Herrmann

 

Allegorical Pastel Compositions. c. 1985-87

In these large pastel compositions, Valadez introduces allegory and irony into his narratives.

Including Beto’s Vacation, Savages and Glitter, and Gaviota

6:24

“Nalingaka Yo Yo Te,” Franco

 

Large Pastel Portraits, c. 1983-85

Using characters from his early photograph, Valadez created pastel portraits featuring the ignored beauty found in urban life.

Including Fatima, Preacher, and Getting Them Out of the Car

4:54

“Annah,” Papa Wemba

 

 

Early Newsprints Drawings, c. 1974-79

Inspired by the visual design and context of Mexican tabloids and newspapers, Valadez recreated layouts with stories he witnessed in his community.

Including Loans, Seeing is a Blessing andBeatificado

6:17

“The Beat Generation,” Jack Kerouac over music

Street Photography (Color), c. 1978

Valadez’s photography matured as he continued to find beauty within the people on the streets and as he transitioned from black and white to color.

Including Two Guys, Casper, andBus Stop

1:01

“Mhondoro,” Thomas Mapfumo

Early Street Photography (Black and White), c. 1970-75

John Valadez found inspiration from people he encountered on the streets of East Lost Angeles during the beginnings of his photography career.

Including Abierto, Mariachi y Orquesta, andOctavio L

2:22

“Mhondoro,” Thomas Mapfumo

The Artist’s Sketchbook: Book of the Year c. 1971-1980

The Book of the Year is John Valadez’s personal journal used as a sketchbook to document the perspective of a self-proclaimed anxious Chicano young militant.

2:02

“Mhondoro,” Thomas Mapfumo
 

The Artist’s Sketchbook: Book of the Year c. 1971-1980

 

The Book of the Year is John Valadez’s personal journal used as a sketchbook to document the perspective of a self proclaimed anxious Chicano young militant. 

2:02

“Mhondoro,” Thomas Mapfumo

 

Video

Spencer Finch: Rome (Pantheon, Noon, June 14, 2011)

Spencer Finch: Rome (Pantheon, Noon, June 14, 2011).mov

Robert Irwin and Craig Kauffman Installations

Craig Kauffman

De Wain Valentine

De Wain Valentine

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface

Robert Irwin

Robert Irwin

Larry Bell Installation

Larry Bell Installation