i had a fun art viewing day today but i really wish there was better advertising of cultural events in quito. the way i find out about most "happenings" is that i see a poster that mentions the event and the name of the building it will be in, but no address. then i either call an ecuadorian friend or google until i find an address. then i look it up on a map. and then i go.
sometimes a poster for one event leads to me finding another event. this is how i found about an exhibit of British childrens' books illustrators called, "the magic pencil." the exhibit featured some wonderful illustrators such as quentin blake, lauren child and sara fanelli (see right). i was disappointed because the work wasn't original (i think they were high quality color copies or laser prints), but it was still cool because the exhibit included drafts with notes and stuff written by the illustrators, and i always love to get a sense of an artist's process. by the end of the exhibit i was pretty inspired and looking forward to buying a book or two to bring home. but, like many evens in ecuador, they weren't selling anything! not even the magic pencil book that accompanies the exhibit. jordan and i have noted many occasions when a museum or other organization neglected the opportunity to raise money by selling souveniers. with all those children and their parents admiring the books in the exhibit i can't imagine they wouldn't want to buy a book afterwards.
after the exhibit i walked down to the museo del banco central to see their modern art exhibit which i was too tired to see after walking through the other section during my last visit. i enjoyed the art more than i thought i would (i heard it wasn't a great collection). my favorite pieces were those by oswaldo viteri, the most famous living ecuadorian artist. the pieces in this collection were some of his assemblages from the 1970's incorporating traditional ecuadorian rag dolls.
i love how he uses color to make it look like there is a spotlight shining on the middle of the work. there is a chance we will soon visit his studio and meet him. how cool is that!?!? i'll be sure to take lots of photos.