Joy Laville at McKinney Avenue Contemporary

A retrospective of Mexican artist Joy Laville’s work is on view at McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, Texas. Joy Laville: The First Fifty Years is guest curated by Salomon Grimberg and is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Silvia Cherem, Isabella Rowe, and Salomon Grimberg, illuminating the life and work of Laville. The exhibition covers her work from 1962 through the present. In describing her work, Salomon Grimberg writes that “Apollinaire’s observation of how a river is ‘always different, always the same’ applies to Laville’s work. Only after studying her paintings does one begin to discern faintly how very dissimilar one is from another and how alike they seem to be.”

Read a review of the exhibition in The Dallas Morning News

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The exhibition runs through May 9, 2015. The gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX

The Galería de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City is also presenting an exhibition of Laville’s work, to coincide with the gallery’s 80th anniversary. GAM was the first gallery to represent Laville and championed her work. The exhibition includes over 30 works by Laville and runs through June 2015.

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Joy Laville, Man Leaving in a Boat

Joy Laville, Man Leaving on a Boat, 1986

Gunther Gerzso: The Surrealist Sketchbook 1943 – 1946

As part of Master Drawings New York 2015, Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art will exhibit an original sketchbook by Gunther Gerzso, drawn in 1943-46 when the young artist was strongly influenced by the circle of Benjamin Péret and the European artists exiled in Mexico during the 1940s.

The book presents a striking record of Gerzso’s close ties to the Surrealists in Mexico, including Wolfgang Paalen, André Breton, Remedios Varo, César Moro and Alice Rahon. Their interest in pre-Columbian art became the foundation for Gerzso’s eventual style, a version of geometric abstraction inspired by the landscape and ancient culture of Mexico.

This notebook consists of 54 original drawings done by carbon transfer, some augmented with India ink, frottage and colored pencils. In addition there is an actual drawing done on carbon paper, which was discovered in the artist’s studio along with the sketchbook. This is the first time these works have been exhibited to the public.

Master Drawings New York runs from Saturday January 24 through Saturday January 31. Visit Master Drawings New York or call the gallery for hours. There is an opening at the gallery on January 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The Gerzso exhibition continues at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art through February 20, 2015.

The following is a selection of drawings from the surrealist sketchbook


Latin American Art Week Online Preview

Visit the Gallery to see recent acquisitions and selected inventory. The installation coincides with Latin American Art Week in New York and will continue through June 2014. Highlights include a striking 1955 painting by Matta that once belonged to Andy Warhol, a large 1986 painting by Guillermo Kuitca, and a 1930 Diego Rivera portrait of a little girl that was included in his first one man show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1931.


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Elena Climent: Drawing with Light

As part of Master Drawings New York 2014, Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art will present 20 digital drawings created on the iPad by Mexican painter and muralist Elena Climent. Output as giclée prints, the works will be mounted side by side with actual iPads showing the step-by-step progression of the drawings from first outline to completed work. Climent, who is interested in the link between traditional methods of drawing and electronic drawing in the 21st Century, compares the ability of the iPad “Zoom” feature to show details not visible to the naked eye with Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura to investigate tiny visual details he later included in his paintings – details that can only be seen using a magnifying glass.

In the artist’s own words, “When making art on an iPad, you are creating a pure image with no physical weight or texture or temperature. You are not mixing colors on a palette until you find the exact hue; you are not thinning the paint with turpentine to make it more transparent; you are not interacting with the behavior of the surface, whether canvas, paper, wood, tin or any other. There is no drying time, no humidity factor, no cracking.  Creating art on an iPad or computer is the closest I have ever felt to drawing or painting directly from my mind.  I look, I think, I decide what color I want and I make it happen on the screen.  I have learned to mix colors in my brain. My experience with iPad art has taught me that even something as seemingly cold, industrial and impersonal as a computer screen can become intimate, personal and poetic.”

There will be an opening reception at the gallery on January 24 from 4:00-8:00. The exhibition continues through Friday February 21, 2014. Please call for hours.

New Online Catalogue for “Isabel De Obaldía: Metates”

Metates Cover

The online catalogue for Isabel De Obaldía: Metates is now available. The fully illustrated catalogue includes an introductory essay by Lowery Stokes Sims, curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, and a scholarly article by Dicey Taylor titled, The Ancient Metates of Panama.

Print versions of the catalogue will be available at the gallery starting November 15, 2013.

Online Preview of Isabel De Obaldía: Metates

Preview the sculptures that will be included in the upcoming exhibition, Isabel De Obaldía: Metates. The show opens November 15, 2013 and will be on view through December 13, 2013. A fully illustrated print catalogue with scholarly articles by Lowery Sims and Dicey Taylor will be available and an online catalogue will be posted to the website shortly.


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“Isabel De Obaldía: Metates” Opens November 15, 2013

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Isabel De Obaldía, “Queen Ant (Reina hormiga)”, kiln-cast crystal, 8.75 x 18.5 x 8 inches, 2013

Opening November 15, 2013

On view through December 13, 2013

For this exhibition the artist has created 13 new sculptures based on Pre-Columbian prototypes. The show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Lowery Stokes Sims, curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, and a scholarly article by Dicey Taylor titled, The Ancient Metates of Panama.

According to Dr. Taylor, an expert on Pre-Columbian art and archaeology, “The glass sculptures of Isabel De Obaldía evoke the ancient spirits of Panama’s rainforests and seas. Many of her pieces have rustic textures that infuse her powerful forms with a compelling force, echoing the volcanic stone sculptures of ancient times.”

This is De Obaldía’s sixth solo exhibition at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art. In 2009 the artist was awarded the Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass and in 2011 she was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

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Virtual Tour of selected works for the ADAA Art Show (Booth D5)

The title of our booth this year is Realism, Surrealism and Abstraction in 20th Century Latin American Art

Featured will be a 1922 portrait by Diego Rivera of his second wife, Guadalupe Marín,  a 1934 study by Rivera of Cristina Kahlo (Frida’s sister) and a 1930 Self-Portrait by David Alfaro Siqueiros.  Also included will be paintings and drawings by Surrealists Frida Kahlo, Carlos Orozco Romero and Alice Rahon.


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Diego Rivera: The Italian Sketchbook, 1920-21


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