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Oklahoma City Museum of Art Brings Botero Back after 12 years

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fernando Botero, "The Dancer," 2001, black and red chalk on paper, Private Collection"Twelve Years after Fernando Botero's colossal sculptures captured the imagination of Oklahomians, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is bringing back a selection of the Columbian artist's larger-than-life works."

"The traveling exhibit The Baroque World of Fernando Botero is on display in the museum’s special exhibitions gallery through Dec. 2. The show of about 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and pastel works is the first retrospective of Botero’s work in North America since 1974. For Oklahoma City residents, the artwork may spark old memories, museum Executive Director Carolyn Hill said. After the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, businessman William I. Koch, a Wichita, Kan., native with strong Oklahoma ties, loaned his massive art collection to the museum, then at State Fair Park, in an effort to lift the city’s spirits."

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