Light and Loafers

New collection mixes it up

THU 12/23

Spanish artist Cristobal's Sanchez's works are illuminating, inspiring, and occasionally... OK, we'll say it -- gay. Not gay as in happy, but gay as in naked men, tush up or pants down. But even homophobes will appreciate his art, as Sanchez skillfully captures the essence of light surrounding and playing off his subjects. The pieces in his latest collection are multidimensional, and even the small watercolors are a study in volume. Sketches, made with conté pastels, play with shadows defined by crisp edges.

Acrylics are layered with stucco and offer unusual visual depth. The largest piece on display, Sunday Morning, shows the top half of a man viewed from behind as he lies on a bed of wrinkled sheets. Though every toned muscle is illustrated in near lifelike form, the most impressive part of the piece is that the surface of the canvas also appears wrinkled. This unique shell adds depth but leaves the subject undisturbed. Sanchez uses ethereal pastel and neutral shades, which work well to complement his subjects, usually human forms and angels. Born and schooled in Barcelona, the artist has studied graphic design, book illustration, painting, photography, and set design for television. Now a Fort Lauderdale resident, his work is shown in numerous galleries in Europe and in the United States. To see his newest collection, visit Art Expressions gallery (1212 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Sanchez's pieces can be viewed there through January 5. Call 954-527-7700. -- Riki Altman

Fakin' It

The art of forgery

WED 12/29

Were Elmyr de Hory around today, the master forger would probably be running amuck on eBay, conning eager but dim art lovers worldwide. But de Hory's reign of fraudulent terror ended in 1968, when it was learned that he hocked nearly 1,000 of his own paintings as the work of the masters. His story is a lesson all art collectors should heed, and the documentary Masterpiece or Forgery?: The Story of Elmyr de Hory has all the juicy details. Though de Hory reportedly committed suicide in 1976, many speculate that his death was just another hoax. Sure -- his and Andy Kaufman's. The film screens at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton). Call 561-392-2500. -- Jason Budjinski

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