John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Artistic Advent: Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child
David Taboada
drawing on cotton
David Taboada, Virgin and Child
Smithsonian American Art Museum

This work has an interesting provenance; it was donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum by the Hourglass Prison Art Museum in Albuquerque, N.M. It appears to be an example of paño art: felt-tip pen drawings or paintings on plain white handkerchiefs. Paño art is most commonly (perhaps exclusively) found in New Mexico prisons, where art supplies are hard to come by and would-be artists are forced to work with what they can get their hands on. I haven't found any information about the artist, but I do know he's not a guest of the Corrections Departments of New Mexico or Arizona, nor of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Tags: advent: 2004, art: illustration

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