LUIS TÉLLEZ KUENZLER
President of the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV)
“The Mexican Stock Exchange is pleased to present Esencia, an exhibition of Karla de Lara’s work. The title (meaning ‘essence’) is an appropriate one for this artist from Jalisco who is helping to sustain the mid-twentieth century movement known as pop art. Andy Warhol, a well-known proponent of the movement, posed the question: ‘Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?’ This is precisely the effect that Karla de Lara achieves in her pieces, by colorfully and boldly redefining icons from popular culture. Warhol also said that being good at business is the most fascinating type of art, a notion that goes hand in hand both with the BMV’s mission and Karla de Lara’s career. Karla de Lara has found a way to successfully combine art and design, as did Roy Lichtenstein, Warhol and other leading pop art figures. This combination of skills, along with her capacity to appeal to diverse audiences, make Karla de Lara one of Mexico’s most internationally renowned artists.
Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Middle East and, of course, Mexico. Her pieces have been acquired by a geographically diverse range of renowned collectors. This exhibition exemplifies Grupo BMV’s mission to promote the best in contemporary art from Mexico and around the world. We hope you enjoy it.”