Rufino Tamayo: Retrato de Olga, 1964
Oil on canvas
Collection Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
© Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego • 17 May - 31 August 2014
|Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City brings to the La Jolla location of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego highlights from one of Mexico's foremost museums of modern and contemporary art. In 1981, Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) opened the doors of his eponymous museum, to which the Mexican artist donated both his paintings and his collection of late-modernist and contemporary art. The selections featured in this exhibition include three canvases by Tamayo--an iconic portrait of his wife Olga, a watermelon still life, and nocturnal skyscape. These paintings' distinctive bright colors and abstracted figures embody the artist's signature synthesis of the pre-Columbian imagery and folk forms of Mexico with the modernist movements of Europe and the United States. |
Other selections in the exhibition reveal Tamayo's cosmopolitan approach to collecting, influenced by the various avant-garde movements he encountered during lengthy periods abroad. These works include large figurative paintings by Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, and a prime example of Mark Rothko's color field abstractions. The strongest of Tamayo's fellow Latin American artists are highlighted with works such as Francisco Toledo's trademark animal paintings.
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