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EL PASO HKRALD-POST, Saturday. October 12, 197-1 Paso Jlerald-Post SATURDAY Oct. 12, 1974 THE COLORFUL WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT Manuel Acosta One-Man Show at Museum of Art A ViClt -In HT r, 1111 <-.! \ j .._... A visit-lo Manuel Acosta's studio on Bueno Vista is much like a skull session for a Bob Hope special with one-hners ricocheting off the plaster walls, punctuated by the artist's visceral chuckles. Last week all was methodical confusion as the popular painter prepared for one-man show at the El Paso Museum of "This is really exciting for me," Manny confessed "I ?n a UK '" Wi!i be 3bie lo gct my ^0'heads inside a 10-gallon hat. His ebullience was unbounded "This is f^mh r a ?° d mcinth ' ° n ° Of lhc Payings in the show OrS M ,'l d ° 0cUtbrc - « has the feeling of an October night with a bright harvest moon and a chill in _THE 89 pictures are now on exhibit to the public Tuesdays through Sundays after an invitational opening party given by the Museum Members Guild this week Most of them are for sale, although many have been loaned by collectors in El Paso and from as far awav as Chicago and New York City. _ "They fill up both galleries, the hallways and three are in the rcstrooms," the irrepressible Acosta teased "It is great to be surrounded by all the faces that have lived all these years and now they arc all older—of course I'm not. It is like a reunion with old friends." THE EARLIEST PAINTING in the show is one of his two nephews done 18 years ago. Also on loan is the cover painting of Cesar Chavez which Acosla was commissioned to do for Time Magazine. The West Texas Museum in Lubbock has loaned the portrait of the bullfighter Ramon Tirado which he considers his outstanding painting of a toreador. "I like to paint bullfighters," averred Acosta. "I've also done Curro Rivera and Jesus Delgadillo, El Estudiante." He is best known for his portrayals of his people, the Spanish speaking Americans from South El Paso, the faces of children and flowers. "They call me the Mexican petal pusher," Manny riposted, "his round face crinkled with mirth. Taking himself too seriously has never been one of his problems. "SEEING THESE paintings as a group now might give me a sense of what I have done and what I am about " Acosta denies that his style has changed much in the years that he has established himself as a leading Southwest artist, "but 1 think I am a better draftsman now with purer more joyful coloring." One of the particular pleasures for Aeosta accruin" from the current exhibit is the excitement of his neighbors. "I am pleased with the pood feeling and the response of the people in my neighborhood who have never been to .a museum. They are going to come. They finally decided lo go to an art exhibition. Maybe because they will see themselves. "TO SOME IT IS like going to .the dentist! My own relatives are going through some trauma." The mirth spills over again in layers of laughter. Acosta elaborates further. "They have felt no great necessity to go to a museum. They go to church, bars, the morgue, dance halls, but symphonic music and ballet they have felt no need for. Perhaps this will be a breakthrough for them." The painter's work is currently being handled by Baker Art Galleries in Lubbock, Haul Gallery in Rosweil and Jamison Galleries in Albuquerque. He has exhibited in Chihuahua Museum and the Juarez Museum of Art as well as once before in the company of three other artists at the El Paso Museum. WHAT'S next on tap for Manny? "Well," grinned the mischievous Mexico-born artist, "President Temple-ton at the University of Texas at El Paso has had some discussions with me about a huge mural in one of the new Fine Arts Building rooms. It sounds fascinating. It would be a challenge, but then any project that comes along is a challenge, like this exhibit." More than October, this looks like a good, year for Manuel Acosta. ,* •* „ , ^ ^ ><&'* -w •** ^ i ^ ? Hi " * > «*•>« ^» ^^ , * .•&#,** *M v -"A*r- \^ t i V ~ «•«•»•* * *' ^ M4-li *» yr " J&« , « ^ H?f., * :^ * ** * ~' ar?bi£V l tf* , * „ 1* &«*• "f , O " ' The largest one-man show ever mounted in the El Paso Museum of Art comes from the te*te.^**

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  1. El Paso Herald-Post,
  2. 12 Oct 1974, Sat,
  3. Page 25

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