New Exhibit: Emilio Sanchez and Boston City Hall & Images from the World of Lou Jones
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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2009
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Emilio Sanchez and Boston City Hall & Images from the World of Lou Jones

January 23 – April 24, 2009

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events present two exhibitions: Emilio Sanchez and Boston City Hall, and Images from the World of Lou Jones.

The Scollay Square Gallery / Emilio Sanchez and Boston City Hall

Emilio Sanchez (1921-1991), a Cuban-born American artist who settled in Manhattan did a series of black and white artworks of the Boston City Hall in the early 1970s. Known primarily for his architectural themes of the Caribbean, Mediterranean and New York City, Sanchez traveled to Boston at various times to study this particular building. The series composed of one painting and forty-nine works on paper stands out as an artistic commemoration to the architectural achievement of the Boston City Hall. Sanchez was clearly struck by the strong plastic qualities and modernist aesthetic of the building. His snapshot-like images capture the visual impact of walking through the structure. Rather than depicting the whole he opted for fragmented abstracted views that often defy a clear orientation of up or down and left or right. Sanchez explored the dynamic visual possibilities seen on an architectural promenade where vistas shift, open and close continuously as one moves through the sculpturally carved out spaces. The abstracted architectural images are enhanced by Sanchez's investigation of light and shadow, a hallmark of his entire oeuvre. It is telling that he chose the Boston City Hall as his subject matter at the time that his work becoming less figurative and he was gaining recognition as an artist with an independent voice. The Boston City Hall series along with a series of buildings done in Morocco of the same time period mark his most abstract work. David Dillon stated in his monograph on the architecture of the Boston-based firm Kallmann, McKinnel & Wood: "a poll of historians and architects sponsored by the AIA voted Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood's founding project, the Boston City Hall, the sixth greatest building in American History." And Sanchez paid artistic homage to it shortly after its completion in 1968.Twenty two prints, drawings and one oil painting were chosen for this exhibition.

Ann Koll, Ph.D. Executive Director and Curator Emilio Sanchez Foundation

The exhibition will be on view from January 23 – April 24, 2009

The Mayor's Gallery / Images from the World of Lou Jones

Raised in Washington, DC, Jones graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with degrees in Physics. But soon after embarked on a career that would have him taking pictures of headhunters in Borneo & guerrillas in Central America, flying upside down with aerobatic pilots, skulking around opium dens in Singapore, sailing on ancient tall ships & gigantic aircraft carriers & being incarcerated in more foreign jails than can be remembered. He has also photographed twelve successive Olympic Games.

Lou Jones' images have been exhibited in galleries throughout the world, such as, the Smithsonian & Corcoran Galleries in Washington, DC, Polaroid Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts, Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City, Detroit Institute of Arts & Feuerwagner in Austria. His Studio is located in Roxbury, Ma.

The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events is responsible for advancing the arts, tourism and culture in the city of Boston by providing advocacy, support, promotional and technical assistance, and by producing special events and public celebrations that reflect the city's rich diversity.

The Galleries at Boston City Hall are open the public at no charge and are handicapped accessible. Boston City Hall is accessible by T via Government Center (Green and Blue lines) and Haymarket (Green and Orange lines) For further information call 617-635-3245 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts

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