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University of California Press

Carlos Villa: Worlds In Collision


The exhibit is on view at The Newark Museum of Art on February 17, 2022 to May 8, 2022  and is co-organized with The San Francisco Art Institute and Asian Art Museum.

This expansive catalogue illuminates the social and cultural roots of Filipino American artist and educator Carlos Villa’s artwork and career.

Carlos Villa has been described as the preeminent Filipino American artist—a legend in artistic circles for his groundbreaking approaches and his influence on countless artists—but he remains little known to many fans and scholars of modern and contemporary art.  

Villa was trained at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 1950s as an abstract expressionist, and over time he transformed his practice to address issues of ethnic and cultural diversity. He concurrently assumed a leadership role in “Third World” and “multicultural” international art movements, and his large-scale works reference non-Western traditions, including tattoo, scarification, ritual, and ceremony. He was also an important theorist, curator, and organizer of public forums that he called “actions.”

This book traces the arc of his career from 1969 until his death in 2013, with emphasis on his feathered works from the 1970s, as well as later works that address aspects of the history of Filipinos in the United States. 

  • Editors: Mark Dean Johnson, Trisha Lagaso Goldberg; Contributor: Sherwin Rio 
  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • 150 illustrations
  • 9.5" x 11"