“Latitudes: Maestros Latinoamericanos”
Right before it closed, I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Latitudes: Maestros Latinoamericanos” in Mexico City. This exhibition has traveled through Argentina, Spain, Brazil, United States and Mexico. At this time, the Collección FEMSA is participating in the exhibition: “José Clemente Orozco: Pintura y Verdad” in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City. “Latitudes” displayed modern tendencies of the 20th Century. There were 41 artworks from great artists such as José Clemente Orozco, Armando Reverón, Rufino Tamayo, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Antonio Berni, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, José Gurvich, Pedro Figari and many more.
I will describe just a few; one in particular that besides the fact that she might be my favorite female painter, I have a personal attachment from an early age to “Papilla Estelar” by Remedios Varo. Oh! What a beauty! For me, it has a peculiar magic that attracts your soul. Varo’s imagination is overwhelmingly enigmatic.
Other great works in the collection include a Juan O’Gorman “Los Mitos” (The Myths); here the artist establishes political and religious concepts on how humans have betrayed their own species thru the centuries depicting an inferno.
A very “O’Gorman style” Frida Kahlo called “Mi Vestido Cuelga Aquí” (My Dress Hangs Here). Painted while living in New York City as Diego Rivera was painting a mural in Rockefeller Center, this is her only collage. In a very detailed cityscape, the “tehuana” dress is hanging on a blue ribbon attached to a toilet sitting on top of a column on the left, and a trophy also on top of a column on the right. The painting is filled up with buildings, factories and the Statue of Liberty. A great David Alfaro Siqueiros “Mujer Dormida – La Primavera” (Sleeping Woman – Spring)
And to close this note on a cynetic twist, this is a Luis Tomasello “Atmósfera Cromoplástica” (Chromoplastic Atmosphere) – Detail. This Argentinean artist has a real talent playing with geometric forms and managing color, light and shadows which I find phenomenal.
Until next time,