Gunther Gerzso: The Surrealist Sketchbook 1943 – 1946

This original sketchbook by Gunther Gerzso was 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.

The following is a selection of drawings from the surrealist sketchbook


The Americas Revealed: Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States

Frick SymposiumThis two-day symposium at the Frick on public and private collectors of Spanish Colonial and Latin American art will feature presentations by experts from museums and universities in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, New York, and Philadelphia. The keynote address will be presented by Edward J. Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History, New York University, and a leading specialist in the art of Latin America. Professor Sullivan will also interview Roberta and Richard Huber (Friday) and Patricia Phelps Cisneros (Saturday), collectors who actively acquire the art of the Americas.

Tickets for both days of the symposium are $50 ($35 for members); single-day tickets are $30 ($25 for members).

Mary-Anne Martin will give a talk titled How the Art Market Affects Collecting Decisions by Individuals and Institutions on Saturday May 17 at 11:35.

Master Drawings New York 2013

Master DrawingsMaster Drawings New York will return to the Upper East Side this year from January 26-February 2, 2013, with a preview reception on Friday, January 25 from 4-8 pm.

This year the gallery is exhibiting a 31 page original sketchbook by Diego Rivera, drawn from Winter 1920 to Spring 1921, when the artist traveled through Italy studying paintings and murals of the Renaissance. Rivera had requested this one last trip from his patrons in the Mexican government before accepting their request to return to Mexico to direct the Mexican mural movement.

This sketchbook was preserved by Rivera’s first wife, Angelina Beloff, and given to Rivera’s friend, the artist Jean Charlot. It is being presented in its entirety for the first time in 92 years. It provides a valuable art historical connection between the Italian Renaissance and the birth of Mexican and American muralism. The sketchbook contains studies of murals in Venice by Tintoretto, mosaics in Ravenna, a precise technical drawing of a scaffold, sketches of the Italian landscape and studies of street people in Rome, both high and low.

The exhibition at the gallery will continue through February 22. To learn more about Master Drawings visit the official website.

MAMFA to Show in The ADAA Art Show March 6-11, 2012

The Art Show takes place March 7 through March 11 at the Park Avenue Armory. There will be a Gala Preview on March 6 to benefit the Henry Street Settlement. To purchase Gala tickets please call 212-766-9200 ext. 248 or visit the Henry Street Settlement website.  The fair, which is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America, presents exhibitions from the nation’s leading art dealers and galleries showcasing a variety of museum-quality exhibits ranging from cutting-edge, 21st century works, to masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art. The gallery will be showing a special selection of works relating to Realism and Surrealism in Latin America. The exhibition with include important works by Latin American masters such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam, and Matta.

Master Drawings New York 2012

Master Drawings New York will return to the Upper East Side for the sixth consecutive year from January 21-28, 2011, with a private viewing on Friday, January 20 from 4-8 pm. This year twenty-three exhibitions from the UK, France, Spain, Germany and the US will be on view, enabling connoisseurs to buy drawings across a broad range of price points at galleries all within walking distance of one another. The selection will include oil sketches, watercolours, drawings in charcoal, pencil and pen and ink. Be sure to visit Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art during this exciting event.

To learn more about Master Drawings New York visit the official website.

ADAA Collectors’ Forum: Latin American Art in Global Collections

Saturday, November 12, 11:00am
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, NYC

The New Season of ADAA Collectors’ Forums launches November 12, 2011 with “Latin American Art in Global Collections” at the Morgan Library and Museum. On the occasion of the PINTA art fair, the panel will investigate the roles of art dealers, collectors, curators and auction houses in the development of greater global awareness and interest in art from Latin America High level panelists from all sectors of the art world will discuss the significance of collecting modern and contemporary art from Latin America and their drive to advance the genre.

To reserve a ticket visit the ADAA website.

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Isabel De Obaldía Retrospective to be held at The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale will present a mid-career retrospective of Isabel De Obaldía’s work, opening to the public September 25, 2011. The show, titled “Primordial: Paintings and Sculptures by Isabel De Obaldía, 1985-2011,” will feature approximately 100 works by the artist, as well as a number of pre-Columbian objects that relate to her artistic process. The exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement in the United States and will be on display through May 27, 2012.

To view the official press release from the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, click here.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011

The gallery will be participating in Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. We will be featuring works by Carrington, Castañeda, Covarrubias, De Obaldía, Gerzso, Goeritz, Matta, Mérida, Rivera, Tamayo, Toledo, and others. For more information about the fair please visit their website at

Master Drawings Week in New York

Master Drawings New York will return to the Upper East Side for the fifth consecutive year from Saturday January 22 to Saturday January 29, 2011, with a private viewing on Friday January 21 from 4-9pm. This year twenty-four exhibitors from the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain will exhibit a wide range of works from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The selection will include oil sketches, watercolours, drawings in charcoal, pencil and pen and ink.

This year Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art will feature Surrealist drawings and watercolors by Latin American masters, including Carrington, Castañeda, Cuevas, Gerzso, Gutierrez, Hernandez, Kahlo, Lam, Matta, Paalen, Romo, Toledo, Xul Solar, and Zenil. Also on view will be works by Covarrubias, Rivera, Ramos-Martinez, and more.

The Armory Show – Modern

The Armory Show is an annual art fair featuring international dealers specializing in historically significant modern and cutting-edge contemporary art. The fair gathers together hundreds of the finest galleries in the world and will take place from March 3 – 6, 2011 on Piers 92 and 94. Be sure to plan a visit to the MAM/FA stand in the Armory Modern section of the fair on Pier 92. For more information about the fair go to