Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. First of all, because we use liquitex, and we use canvas, and we use stretcher boards. The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission.. His signature “Humanscape” paintings were designed as "impact pieces" intended to challenge… Find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. [10] One of his students was Gaspar Enriquez. I think people are generally aware of what MeL is, but haven't found a way to incorporate it into their daily life. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster by Nancy L. Kelker Art & Architecture Books Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the assignment of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. [21] His paintings often reacted to these media types by using erotic themes to highlight the effect that media had on the viewer. "[15] In its abbreviated form, C/S, it is used to protect murals from defacement. Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas. [10] Casas felt that he had a good education in elementary school and junior high. [2] He was very interested in dealing with the objectification of women in media[2] and "debunking" racial stereotypes.[18]. [13] Casas then received a MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City in 1958. Rather, his cultural work supported and coincided with the emergence of a broad civil rights movement. McNay Hosting Gallery Talk on Legacy of Late San Antonio Artist Mel Casas Posted By James Courtney on Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 12:12 PM. "[6] Cordova, who curated four Humanscape exhibitions with approximately half of the paintings,[20] divides the Humanscapes into five groups. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. [8] He is considered to be one of the important founders of the Chicano Arts movement. The artist … 31 likes. mel Casas is a member of Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Last year, SAC hosted “Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster,” an exhibit of 76 works by Casas, in conjunction with a signing of art historian Nancy Kelker’s book by the same title. [2] After retiring, Casas and his wife Grace went to Italy, spending two years in Brandisi and two in Sicily. When interviewed about Latino/Chicano identity, Casas is not dismissive of identity, but rather has grand ambitions for it. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular … "Melesio Casas was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1929. This figure is the centerpiece of Casas’s pop-styled painting Humanscape 62. Casas was an artist of national and international renown. Funding. 2 of 10 This Mel Casas painting is part of his “Humanscapes” series. [15] In December 1971 the Con Safo group consisted of Felipe Reyes, Jose Esquivel, Jesse Almazán, Roberto Ríos, and Jose Garza (all of whom were members of El Grupo), and Mel Casas and Jesse Treviño. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is proud to own paintings by artist, including Humanscape 62, which was featured in our exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. [10] Con Safo was considered influential and helped Chicano art receive recognition when Chicanos and their work were largely excluded from museums and galleries. Austin: University of Texas, 1973. p. 83, The 153 paintings that make up the "Humanscape" series were inspired by a "glimpse of a drive-in movie screen. MEL CASAS: Whatever it is. The trio of exhibits trace almost the entire progression of Mel Casas' 150 Humanscape paintings from 1965 to 1989. Born in El Paso, Texas, Casas received his BA from the Texas Western University and an MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico. “I like the "How to MeL" slogan a lot! [5][6] Casas was also well known as a writer and theorist. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … The subtlety of the meanings, the syntax, or the pronunciation of the words give it something that is missing.[21]. Mar 24, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Sherry Willome. We are entirely different. Also at the Archives of American Art is an interview of Mel Casas conducted August 14-16, 1996 by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art. Mel Casas, “Humanscape 47 (Still Life)” (1968), 72″ x 96″, acrylic/canvas (images courtesy of the Casas family unless noted) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Over the course of 20 years, Mel Casas … "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. Bill. Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. [17] Casas recalls that eventually he felt that the abstract work was too "pretty" and it wasn't the right artistic language for him. [10] It was Casas' first encounter with discrimination. Mel Casas, an influential artist and teacher who helped define the Chicano art movement has died after a two-year battle with cancer. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. ‎Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. [9] Casas taught art at Jefferson High School in El Paso, Texas[14] for about three years. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. With his first wife, Maria, Mel had four children: Alfredo, Ingrid, Mike and Sonya. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Flower Triangle (1993), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Finally, from 1982 through 1989, the last Humanscapes treated what Casas called the "Southwestern clichés." It will tend to flavor, to color the way we think. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. [6] Casas, who referred to the dominant notion of beauty as the Barbie doll ideal, spoke of the privileges of blond hair and blue eyes while he undressed a Barbie doll during his acceptance speech. [22] His incorporation of imagery from Mexican and Pre-Columbian iconography in conjunction with pop art was unique. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. He used visual statements, his sense of humor and love of puns to "address cultural stereotypes." [12][13], Casas received an all-level certificate to teach in Texas. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular culture, psychology, gender studies, and issues of social justice. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. 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Mel Casas papers, 1963-1998 This site provides access to the papers of Mel Casas in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2020, and total 1,030 images. [10], Casas had a two-year battle with cancer. The Nancy Kelker research material regarding Mel Casas was donated in 2016 by Nancy Kelker. Several of these artists were students of Casas, who was teaching at San Antonio College. "Art on the Border." CAMH has a number of its original and co-published publications digitally reproduced on Issuu.com.This online library is a rich resource for academic research and study with curatorial essays, artist interviews, and images that describe the art world’s ever-changing landscape through the CAMH’s perspective. [15] Felipe Reyes, a painter, was the prime mover of the Con Safo group, which he views as a final reorganization of a group he cofounded in 1968, which was initially known as El Grupo. "[1][2] His work has been collected by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum,[3] and nationally and internationally. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Visual Scent (1999), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Between 1958-1965 Casas participated in numerous solo, 2-person, and group exhibitions at local community arts spaces, galleries, and museums in Texas and Mexico. Cordova, Ruben C. (2009). Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. Mel Casas, Humanscapes 94: Art Lures, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96", 182.9 x 243.8 cm. [10] Being the chair of the department, however, was stressful for Casas, since he was often on call. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster showcases the work of American Pop Artist Mel Casas. Mel Casas is known for Mod figure-genre, non objective painting. The date is August 14, 1996. I think we are lucky to be born outsiders. [15] Other notable artists who subsequently joined the group include Rudy Treviño (who later served as president) César Martínez, Amado Peña, Carmen Lomas Garza, Santos Martínez, Kathy Vargas, Roberto Gonzalez, and Rolando Briseño. We cannot deny it. So there is no sense in trying to say that we have that kind of purity. What signs of the Southwest has the artist included? 723 South Brazos St. We are in between. With the history of art as its foundation, Kelker took several steps to correlate Casas’ body of works to America’s social history, popular culture, psychology, gender studies, and issues of social justice. Casas is known for his Humanscape painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. [6] In the first group, from 1965 through 1967, Casas made depictions of audiences watching films at drive-in cinemas and conventional movie theaters. your own Pins on Pinterest Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. GETTING the BIG PICTURE: Political Themes in the Art of MEL CASAS, 1968-1977. Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. Karlstrom, Paul (1996). [10] Casas served in the Korean War from 1950-1953, where he was injured and subsequently returned to the United States. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. Retrieved 7 April 2015. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. [11] His father liked to draw and this influenced Casas to start drawing on his own. Melesio "Mel" Casas (November 24, 1929 – November 30, 2014) was a Chicano artist, activist, writer and teacher. Smithsonian Institution. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. Melesio "Mel" Casas (November 24, 1929 – November 30, 2014) was a Chicano artist, activist, writer and teacher. The other thing, however, is this. PAUL KARLSTROM: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, an interview with artist Mel Casas at his casa in San Antonio, Texas. [6], As a fellow artist, he was good at asking critical questions of the work of others and encouraging them to submit their work to exhibitions and competitions. By the time of the UFW Delano Grape Boycott of 1965 and the Mexican American student protests at schools in Texas and California between 1967-1969, Casas had been practicing professionally as an artist and painter for almost a decade. [10] First, he started to study psychology, due to practical considerations, but later changed to art and teaching. Mel Casas, a long time resident of San Antonio and art professor at San Antonio College for nearly 30 years, is one of the featured artists included in the new exhibition. Two large paintings from Mel Casa’s Humanscape series comment on Southwestern clichés, and the commodification of Day of the Dead is especially prescient. [21] The "Humanscapes" were generally painted on large-scale canvases, mimicking the drive-in movies that inspired them. See available prints and multiples, paintings, and works on paper for sale and learn about the artist. Casas seems to project the future/present of the tradition that Enrique Martinez envisions in At the Altar (2006). His piece, “Brownies of the Southwest” is one of the few by an American pop artist. Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. On Artfinder you can find oil paintings for sale, acrylic paintings, as well as watercolour and mixed media paintings. From 1975 through 1981, Casas' favorite topic as art about art. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. [21], Chicano Art is not Art for Art's Sake, but Art for Human Sake. —Mel Casas as quoted in Quirarte, Jacinto, Mexican American artists. A grinning Frito Bandito, who appears to have been carved from semi-precious stone, is perched atop a skeleton and surrounded by a series of ​ “ brown” references drawn from American and indigenous cultures. The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission from the Casas Family Trust. E. CARMEN RAMOS: This is Mel Casas’ “Humanscape 62,” which is a painting that he executed in 1970. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. Mel Casas (Born 1929) is active/lives in Texas. Though Casas is best known for a handful of works that treat Chicano themes, he created an unusually wide array of works with varied themes and styles. NOTICE: All paintings represented on this site are the original work of Mel Casas. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. 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