Valencia, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Fernando Botero, El circo, May 20, 2008-July 6, 2008
Curtis Bill Pepper, Fernando Botero, et. al., Circus: Fernando Botero, New York, 2013, p. 23, illustrated in color
"In amazing triumphs over the impossible – doing a somersault on the high wire, teetering atop stacked chairs on one man’s shoulders, dancing on the rosin-back of a galloping Friesian, whip-cracking roaring lions jumping through fire, or kissing an upright, waving cobra – there is an exciting sense of impending danger, disaster … Yet not without Botero’s infectious humor and redemptive spirit in moments of poetic beauty, comic tomfoolery, and many hilarious performances."
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