We are pleased to participate in The American Art Fair, held at The Bohemian National Hall at 321 East 73rd Street in New York from May 14 – 17, 2022. The gallery’s presence marks the first time that the fair has included a specialist in Mexican and Latin American art. Our exhibition will highlight artists whose careers spanned the United States and Latin America, strengthening cultural and artistic ties during the 20th century, including Leonora Carrington, Gunther Gerzso, Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam, Matta, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and Remedios Varo. These artists worked across a variety of artistic styles and movements, including social realism, surrealism, and geometric abstraction, and are recognized for their impact on Modern art across the American continents.
Featured artworks include:
Paintings by “Los Tres Grandes” of Mexican Muralism, Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco, all of whom spent significant amounts of time in the United States, receiving commissions for public works, teaching, and influencing a generation of artists. Of particular note, The Teacher by Orozco was painted in 1929 in New York while the artist was involved with Alma Reed’s Delphic Studio, an intellectual circle dedicated to Greek culture. The painting has remained in the same family since its creation. It is being exhibited publicly for the first time since 1939, and it has never before been published in color.
Early works by Matta, whose career flourished upon his arrival in New York in 1939. Las majas desnudas (Sketch for Carmen) is a set design for a ballet adaptation of the opera Carmen, proposed by Matta and the surrealist artist Pavel Tchelitchew. Although this ballet was never realized, Matta’s vivid designs are a testament to the collaborative spirit of the era and the influence that his work had on artists in the US.
A set of works by Gunther Gerzso demonstrating his transition from Surrealism to geometric abstraction. Encouraged by friends, Gerzso began making artwork while working at the Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio as a set designer. Back in Mexico, he befriended a circle of Surrealist expats, and continued to develop his own artistic style, influenced by the landscape of Mexico and pre-Columbian art and culture.
A Leonora Carrington painting, Untitled (For Fabrice), which was a gift directly from Carrington to her godson upon his baptism in 1954. It has remained in his collection since. Carrington represents the child as a young griffin in a secular nativity scene populated by benevolent animals and mythical symbols that convey the artist’s well wishes for the newborn.