Portrait of the Artist as a Borderland Working-class Hero
There’s a good chance you’ve come across a sculpture by El Paso–born Luis Jiménez at some point, whether you’ve known it or not. Perhaps it was Vaquero, the pistol-waving Mexican American cowboy on a bucking bronco that has stood in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., for decades. Or maybe it was Blue Mustang, the massive, demonic-seeming horse that greets arrivals to Denver International Airport, and which tragically killed Jiménez when a piece of it fell on him in his New Mexico studio in 2006. Jiménez’s monumental fiberglass sculptures are all over the U.S., often made to order on local themes (a steelworker in Pittsburgh, alligators in the main plaza of El Paso), to the point that Jiménez can be considered…View Original Post
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