Echo Park Bridge at Night
Carlos Almaraz
Echo Park Bridge at Night
Carlos Almaraz (Mexican, 1941–1989): Echo Park Bridge at Night, 1989. The Buck Collection, University of California, Irvine, CA. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photograph by Isabella McGrath. This artwork or photograph is posted in accordance with fair use principles.

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‘The Echo Park of the late Carlos Almaraz was a far cry from what it is today. In the 1970s and 1980s, when the Chicano painter lived in the neighborhood, gang violence plagued the area and discarded weapons and drug paraphernalia were frequently found at Echo Park Lake. But the park depicted in Almaraz’ works is serene and idealized while remaining enigmatic and engaging.

“From his night scenes of the park, you get a sense that there is something more going on than what you actually see,” says his widow, artist Elsa Flores Almaraz. “There’s something there; it’s not just the landscape, there’s a deeper, more mysterious element.” ’ (Lucy Guanuna, © The Eastsider LLC.)

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