Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas
Piss + Blood & Spunk: Seminal Works 1993-2019 Piss + Blood & Spunk: Seminal Works 1993-2019

Piss + Blood & Spunk: Seminal Works 1993-2019

Ruben Esparza

Tom of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, California, USA 06/08/2019 – 07/06/2019

Rubén Esparza combines the skills of a multi-media artist and the insight of a gifted curator to synergize intensely cross-referential artworks. Queer AIDS tropes, phallocentrism, and bodily fluids become markers of LGBTQ+ culture from the early ’90s to the contemporary Trumpian zeitgeist. GLoves (Blood Drive), a 1995 triptych, epitomizes many themes of Esparza’s oeuvre. The artist,

Rubén Esparza, Yooth n Treets (2016). Courtesy of the artist ©Rubén Esparza Rubén Esparza, Missing (Russell David Liebert) (2019). Courtesy of the artist ©Rubén Esparza Rubén Esparza, Jeff in Blue and Gold (2019). Courtesy of the artist ©Rubén Esparza Rubén Esparza combines the skills of a multi-media artist and the insight of a gifted curator

Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019 Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019

Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019

Rick Castro

Tom of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, California, USA 04/06/2019 – 04/27/2019

Curated by Ruben Esparza Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Rick Castro began his early career working as a fashion stylist and clothing designer. His clients over the years have included Bette Midler, David Bowie, Herb Ritts, Joel-Peter Witkin and magazines like Interview, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. Castro first became a freelance photographer

Rick Castro, Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019. Installation view at Tom of Finland Foundation, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist Rick Castro, Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019. Installation view at Tom of Finland Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist Rick Castro, Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019. Installation view at Tom of Finland Foundation. Image courtesy