Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists
May 5 – September 22, 2019
About the Exhibition
This exhibition illustrates the aesthetics movement in Mexico, known as Escuela Mexicana de Escultura or Mexican School of Sculpture. These 9 featured artists are clearly positioned within the historical context of the Post-Revolution era in Mexico after 1920. It is focused on the revaluation and the exaltation of being Mexican; the nationalistic spirit of that time, and the ideals of the Revolution that both influenced and was influenced by the art. Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists has been organized by the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico City with the Support of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura and the Secretaría de Cultura of Mexico and Latino Arts Project is proud to be the only US venue.
Curated by art scholar María Estela Duarte, one of the greatest authorities in Mexican sculpture, this exhibition is the culmination of 14 years searching for previously undiscovered pieces and of academic research to create the most comprehensive look to date at these 9 artists, who reached their pinnacle of fame during the 1920’s – 1950’s and then were lost to history. Visitors will observe how each artist approached volume, using sculpture, and the influence from Mesoamerican cultures. Additionally, the way they dealt with identity and historical and social impact, such as family – particularly mother/motherland figure, education, history, politics and with the European avantgarde movements, like Art Deco.
About the Artists
This exquisite group exhibit includes more than 90 sculptures and numismatics plus several photographs and other documents of the 9 artists and it highlights the 5 regions where the artist were born and worked: Guanajuato, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Puebla and Mexico City:
Manuel Centurión (1883 – 1952)
Fidias Elizondo (1891 – 1979)
Guillermo Toussaint (1892 – 1965)
Juan Leonardo Cordero (1896 – 1960)
Carmen Carrillo de Antúnez (1900 – 1982)
Abraham Jiménez López (1901 – ca. 1988)
José L. Ruiz (1903 – 1981)
Isaías Cervantes Rodríguez (1903 – 1982)
Alberto de la Vega (1923 – 1969)
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