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Carlos Almaraz was arguably the first of many artists whose artistic, cultural, and political motivations catalyzed the Chicano art movement in the 1970s. Almaraz began his career with political works for the farm workers’ causa and co-founded the important artist collective Los Four. Although he saw himself as a cultural activist, Almaraz straddled multiple—and often contradictory—identities that drew from divergent cultures and mores. As Almaraz evolved artistically, his art became less political in focus and more personal, psychological, and even mystical.
Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz, currently on view at LACMA, is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Danzy Senna discusses her novel "New People," a romantic "comedy" of manners that overflows with insight into race and identity in America.......

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