David Alfaro Siqueiros “Self-Portrait with Mirror,” 1937

 

Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art is pleased to announce the “discovery” of an important painting by the Mexican Muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros, the 1937 Self-Portrait with Mirror. Known only from a black and white photograph, this extraordinary painting, purchased from the artist by the American composer George Gershwin (1898-1937), has been referred to as “lost” for about 80 years. Gershwin died of a brain tumor at the age of 38 and so the history of the painting marks the end of a dramatic and tragic story. Gershwin’s estate was inherited by his mother and the painting hung for most of its existence on Central Park West in New York City.

David Alfaro Siqueiros, “Self-Portrait with Mirrror,” pyroxylin on Bakelite, 30 × 24 inches, signed and dated 1937

Not seen in public since early 1937, the work will be shown this summer in a mini exhibition at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, surrounded by other key works by Siqueiros, including: Landscape (Taxco), c. 1931, La Patrona, 1939, Portrait of Señorita Martita Orrego Matte, 1942, and The Good Neighbor Policy, 1951

Installation view of Siqueiros exhibition

Known for his active participation in Left Wing politics – he was a Communist and also fought on the side of the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War – Siqueiros figured prominently in the history of avant-garde art. In 1936 he founded his “Experimental Workshop” at 5 West Fourteenth Street in New York City. The mission of the Workshop was to explore the use of modern industrial materials such as Duco (pyroxylin) and other synthetics, using tools like spray guns, palette knives and a technique he called “controlled accidents.” His most promising student was the 24 year old Jackson Pollock, whose later “drip paintings” changed the history of post-war American art.

Self-Portrait with Mirror, which has survived in near-perfect condition, is airbrushed with pyroxylin on a sheet of Bakelite, a highly unusual combination. Although the painting has been written about extensively, and even appears on the cover of a book, no art historian had seen it in color or examined it in person until two weeks ago, when, at our invitation, esteemed Siqueiros expert, Dr. Irene Herner Reiss traveled from Mexico to study the painting and was thrilled to see this famous work at last.

David Alfaro Siqueiros, “George Gershwin in a Concert Hall,” oil on canvas, 66 15/16 × 90 3/4 inches, 1936

While they had met earlier, the friendship between George Gershwin and Siqueiros developed on a trip that Gershwin made to Mexico in 1935, led by the psychoanalyst Dr. Gregory Zilboorg. Gershwin, an amateur painter, hit it off with Siqueiros right away and invited him to paint his portrait, which after many changes and amplifications resulted in the large and elaborate canvas, George Gershwin in a Concert Hall, 1936. Gershwin, a serious collector of Modern art, was a great admirer of Siqueiros’s work and owned five of his paintings. He contributed generously to the funding of The Experimental Workshop, and one of the works he owned, Proletarian Victim, 1933 was donated to the MoMA, New York by the Estate of George Gershwin.

Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art is excited to present Self-Portrait with Mirror to the public for the first time, in glowing color.

 

Please contact Mary-Anne Martin or Emmaline Deihl for more information.

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Video: Unframing David Alfaro Siqueiros’s “Self-Portrait with Mirror”

Self-Portrait with Mirror exemplifies David Alfaro Siqueiros’s deep interest in radical techniques and materials. Painted in 1936, while Siqueiros was conducting the Experimental Workshop in New York City at 5 West 14th St., the work is airbrushed with pyroxylin on a sheet of Bakelite. Pyroxylin (Duco) paint is a nitrocellulose paint manufactured for the automobile industry. Dr. Irene Herner, the highly esteemed expert on Siqueiros, visited Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art to view and research the painting. The work was taken out of the frame so that its highly unusual medium could be examined.

Video credit: Deborah Roan

Installation Shots: David Alfaro Siqueiros

Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art presents a mini exhibition of seminal works by David Alfaro Siqueiros, spanning twenty years of his career. Self-Portrait with Mirror (1937) is being exhibited to the public for the first time since 1937.

 

Works on view

Landscape (Taxco), c. 1931

Self-Portrait with Mirror, 1937

La Patrona, 1939

Retrato de Señorita Martita Orrego Matte, 1942 (Private Collection)

The Good Neighbor Policy, 1951 (Private Collection)

 

Leonora Carrington Drawings and Watercolors, 1941 – 2002

As part of Master Drawings New York 2017, Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art will exhibit a selection of works on paper by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington celebrating the centennial year of her birth. Carrington’s intelligence, humor, and technical skills are readily apparent in her drawings, which offer viewers an insight into her artistic process and vivid imagination. The show will include studies for paintings and prints, costume sketches and set designs, diary notes and political satire. These 30 works span Carrington’s career, and many are being exhibited publicly for the first time.

Master Drawings New York runs from January 21 through January 28. Please visit the Master Drawings website or call the gallery for hours. There is a preview at the gallery on January 20, from 4 to 8 pm. The Carrington exhibition at Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art will continue through Wednesday, February 22. Selected paintings and sculptures will also be on view.

The following is a selection of works from the exhibition.

Images © 2017 Estate of Leonora Carrington / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 Online Preview

We invite you to visit Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art at Art Basel Miami Beach (Booth D2), November 30-December 4, 2016. The gallery will exhibit recent acquisitions and a selection of “classic” inventory including masterworks by Mario Carreño, Leonora Carrington, Gunther Gerzso, Matta, Carlos Mérida, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, and Remedios Varo. We will also feature new works in glass and on paper by Panamanian artist Isabel De Obaldía.

Visit the Art Basel Miami Beach website to learn more about the fair.

Please contact Mary-Anne Martin for more information.

The following is a selection of works that will be exhibited.

 

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Latin American Art Week Online Preview

We invite you to visit the gallery during Latin American Art Week to see an exhibition of recent acquisitions and selected inventory, including works by De Obaldía, Gerzso, Goeritz, Izquierdo, Matta, Orozco, Rivera, Tamayo, Toledo, and Varo.

 

A Visit with Isabel De Obaldía

On a recent trip to Panama, travel enthusiast and blogger Vanessa Grall, founder of the blog Messy Nessy Chic, visited the studio of renowned sculptor Isabel De Obaldía. Besides getting a firsthand look at De Obaldía’s artistic process, Grall was interested to learn more about the history of Panama. De Obaldía took her on a drive through her neighborhood, which was originally built and occupied by American military personnel.

Read The Living American Ghost Towns of Panama for a tour of the artist’s studio, including photos and a video of her work in progress, and a look back into the history of Panama.

Visit Isabel De Obaldía’s website

See available works by Isabel De Obaldía at Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art

 

Isabel De Obaldía's studio. Photo courtesy of Messy Nessy Chic.
Isabel De Obaldía’s studio. Photo courtesy of Messy Nessy Chic.
Isabel De Obaldia
The artist in her home. Photo courtesy of Messy Nessy Chic.

 

Booth Preview for The Art Show, March 2-6, 2016

Please visit Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art at The ADAA Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, March 2-6 (Booth A15). The gallery is featuring works by Mexican and Latin American artists who were influenced by 20th Century avant-garde European movements.

Please contact Mary-Anne Martin or Emmaline Deihl for more information.

The following is a selection of works that will be exhibited:

 

Drawings by the Muralists

Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art is exhibiting a selection of works on paper by Mexican muralists Leonora Carrington, Elena Climent, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. The exhibition is on view through February 19, 2016.

The following is a selection of works from the exhibition.

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Latin American Art Week Online Preview

We invite you to visit the gallery during Latin American Art Week to see a special exhibition of recent acquisitions and selected inventory. “Spiders, Rats, Sharks, Snails, Snakes, and Scorpions” features paintings, drawings, and sculpture by artists including Carrington, De Obaldía, Gerzso, Goeritz, Izquierdo, Kahlo, Lam, Matta, Orozco, Paalen, Rivera, and Tamayo. Besides a menagerie of animals, the exhibition features important works of surrealism, abstraction, and portraiture.

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

Visit The MAC’s website

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.

Visit GAM’s website

Joy Laville, Man Leaving in a Boat

Joy Laville, Man Leaving on a Boat, 1986