Tamayo: The New York Years
by E. Carmen Ramos
- Hardcover: 204 pages
- Publisher: GILES (Nov. 21 2017)
- Language: English
In 1926, Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo, held a one man show in Mexico city to great critical acclaim. This would be the artist’s last show in Mexico for years to come as he soon departed for the first of several extended stays in New York City. Tamayo, a contemporary of muralist Diego Rivera, found himself on the opposite end of the political spectrum after the Mexican revolution, and felt that New York and America would be more receptive to his work. Coinciding with an American fascination with Mexican art work and artists such as Rivera and Frieda Khalo at the time, it was to be a productive time for the artist.
This book is the museum catalogue for the survey of the artist’s work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, from November 3, 2017 to March 18, 2018. As such, the book helps to raise the profile of this lesser-known Mexican artist, and gives context to his output by placing his paintings and linocuts in relation to other modern artists such Picasso, Pollock, Miro, et al. The book has some interesting documenting photos of the artist’s life in New York, with a selection of single and double page reproductions of Tamayo’s paintings.
posted April 20 2018, by Peter D Harris