Two for the Road

Antonio Berni saw the world a little differently. Inspired by impressionists in subject matter, realism in tone, and surrealism in execution, the Argentinian artist looked to working class struggles for inspiration. This fusion of styles made him a vanguard in the movement of nuevo realismo (or new realism).

Perhaps most notably, Berni created a pair of impoverished characters, Juanito and Ramona, to embody his country's socio-political struggles in his works. Assembling trash and scraps in reference to Argentina's industrialization, Berni told their stories.

Now Phoenix Art Museum is sharing Berni's story through a retrospective of the late artist's work in “Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona.” On view through Sunday, September 21, the exhibition displays more than 100 of Berni's piecess in a variety of media, including sculptures, paintings, and assemblages.

See the world as Berni did at 1625 North Central Avenue. Hours on Thursday, July 3, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, and $6 for children. For more informionat, visit or call 602-257-1880.

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: June 28. Continues through Sept. 21, 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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