Castillo

Ratcliff, Author, Carter Ratcliff, Author Rizzoli International Publications $75 (410p) ISBN 978-0-8478-0753-6
Imagine Picasso's circus performers, Dali's erotic hallucinations, Arp's biomorphs and Braque's cubist inventions all colliding in the same dimension. The result might be similar to the strange world of Spanish artist Jorge Castillo. His paintings and drawings mingle dwarflike women and children with twisted faces, bleak silhouettes of human forms seen in profile, sexual imagery, hieroglyphs of houses, owls, horses, butterflies. By rendering his dreamlike visions with meticulous detachment, he makes his obsession ours as well. Castillo, who now lives in New York, often lapses into facile surrealist imagery, but his best pictures are shockingly right. His most recent paintings, collagelike and cluttered, are his most cerebral. In the medium of sculpture, his large steel-bar rails, outlining massive human figures, show nimble wit. Ratcliff is contributing editor to Art in America. (January 28)
Reviewed on: 09/29/1986
Release date: 10/01/1986
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