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Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola
 May 11, 2014  – November 2, 2014
Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery: Retablo Niche 
 
Anonymous (Mexico, 19th Century)
Saint Francis of Paola, 19th Century
Oil on tin, 14” x 10”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance D. Roderick
Collection of El Paso Museum of Art
 
The latest in the series of themed exhibitions from the Museum’s growing collection of retablos is Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola.  The retablos of these two saints are being shown together not only because of their shared name and religious order, but also because their depiction had much in common as did their mutual concern for all living creatures.
 
In Mexican retablos, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Franciscan order, is represented as a young man in typical Franciscan attire often in an outdoor setting.  Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507), named after Saint Francis of Assisi, was the founder of the Foundation of Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi. In contrast to Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Paola is usually shown in Mexican retablos as an older man with the hood of his robe up and a staff in one hand. Both have been frequently portrayed throughout Mexican devotional art of the 19th century, although here only three show Saint Francis of Assisi, fifteen Saint Francis of Paola.  Interestingly, one retablo, 2007.5.20, presents Saint Francis of Paola in the typical manner for this saint; however in this case he is also shown holding a crucifix, one of the attributes of Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
Today Saint Francis of Assisi is considered the saint of environmentalism and animals. Saint Francis of Paola is known as the saint of vegans, of sailors and of young girls looking for a husband. Although the retablos in this exhibition vary in style, size, and specific details, they all illustrate the strong influence of Franciscan evangelization in New Spain.
 

 
 Aleksander Titovets` Past and Present 
 September 5, 2014 - December 7, 2014 
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery
 

Aleksander Titovets (Russian, b. 1960)
Charleston. Evening, 2012-2014
Oil on board, 30” x 30”
Courtesy of the artist
 
Consisting of past and recent work the upcoming exhibition of paintings by Aleksander Titovets will include landscapes and cityscapes as well as portraits. The exhibition will also investigate Titovet’s artistic practice and its relationship to Impressionism and Realism as seen through a Russian and American Southwest lens.
 
Born and raised in Siberia Titovets received his Masters in Fine Arts from St. Petersburg University College of Fine Arts. In the early 1990s he and his wife Lyuba relocated to El Paso, Texas, where they have lived and worked with much success since.  Titovets’ work while mostly representational is noted for its unique blend of thick impasto belying the artist’s zest for his medium as well as a recurrent hint of melancholy attributable to a longing for his homeland.
 
Aleksander Titovets has been in many group and solo exhibitions, won numerous competitions, and his work is included in public and private collections. In 2007, he was chosen by First Lady Laura Bush to paint her portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
 
 

 

 

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