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CAS Museum 2007 Fall Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib

November through December, 2007

Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib series features uncompromising, graphic images by this Colombian painter expressing his outrage at the American-led torture of Iraqi insurgents. The Paris-based Botero, known for his exaggeratedly rotund figures in benign social satires, unveiled these controversial works in Europe in 2005. This will be the first showing of the Abu Ghraib paintings and drawings in a museum in the U.S. The works in this exhibition are quite the departure from Botero's usual style, but do relate to his previous works portraying drug cartel violence in Colombia. Botero constructed each work after reading official reports of the atrocities and concentrated on the suffering and dignity of the victims rather than their tormentors. The show is presented in collaboration with the university's College of Arts & Sciences, Schools of International Service, Public Affairs, Communications, Kogod School of Business, and the Washington College of Law.

(Top left) Fernando Botero
Abu Ghraib 7, 2004
Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

(Top right) Fernando Botero
Abu Ghraib 64, 2005
Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY