David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Homage to Ruben Blades, 2006
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Giclee print on watercolor paper after 2000 color ink, signed lower right
8 x 10.75 in
In ‘Homage to Ruben Blades,’ artist David Barnett celebrates the works of Panamanian Salsa musician and actor Rubén Blades. Seen here performing in concert, Blades takes center stage as a band of disembodied instruments like saxophones, cymbals, and congas accompany him from the background. Syncopated eighth notes mingle with the stage lights to create a fully audio-visual experience. Working within a long artistic tradition of pictorial representations of music, Barnett visualizes the sonic landscape of a Blades concert through a hybrid approach that combines watercolor painting, textual inscription, and giclée printing. Giclée print on watercolor paper after 2000 color ink 8 x 10.75 inches, artwork 15.75 x 18.5 inches, frame Signed and dated in lower right Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, UF5 Plexiglas to inhibit fading, and housed in a modern profile aged gold moulding.