Best Artist

Michael Cajero

Staff Pick

No stranger to the art of the nightmare, this season Cajero delivered his wildest exhibition yet. Diana, goddess of the hunt, sprang to violent life in a Cajero installation at Muse. A giant figure in blackened papier-mâché and charred corrugated cardboard, his twisted Diana consorted with a pentangle of baying hounds, five of the most vicious dogs your most fevered imagination could ever summon up. This presentation of this violent 17-foot piece could not have been more timely, coinciding as it did with the bombing of Baghdad. Cajero, a respected teacher around town, just keeps getting better. In the show before this, his rough art conjured up the haunted elderly slouching toward a lonely death in America's nursing homes. His arte povera materials, tattered and torn, are like no one else's; and his subjects--injustice, violence, human despair and desperation--make him an artist of searing conscience.
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