Mexico in San Francisco
Works on Paper from Diego Rivera to Alejandro Santiago
September 15 - December 8, 2017 

This exhibition was comprised of 42 diverse works on paper by fifteen artists from ten San Francisco Bay Area collections that are executed in a variety of mediums. It included art by several Mexican-born masters who played a central role in creating and defining modernist Mexican art, including Diego Rivera (1886-1957), José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949), Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1872-1946), Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), and Leopoldo Méndez (1902-1969). It also features several stellar expatriate artists: the Guatemalan native Carlos Mérida (1891-1985), the English born Surrealist Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), and the Spanish born Surrealist Remedios Varo (1908-1963).

Mexico in San Francisco from Bay Area Private Collections also included many works by José Luis Cuevas (1934-2017), who was a central figure in the “break” (ruptura) with the “Mexican School” that was dominated by the Mexican Muralists. The exhibition included as well artists as varied as the idiosyncratic and phenomenally talented Francisco Toledo (b. 1940), and the tragically short-lived Alejandro Santiago (1964-2013), who like Toledo, hailed from Oaxaca.​

Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Cantina, circa 1937. Gouache, watercolor and ink on paper, 18.75 x 22 in. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Alfredo Ramos Martinez
Alfredo Ramos Martinez

Untitled. Gouache on paper, 43 x 40.5cm. Courtesy of Emily Marcus

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Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Zapata, 1932. Lithograph, 41.4 x 33.6cm. Courtesy of Private Collection

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Alejandro Santiago
Alejandro Santiago

Untitled, 2006. Oil and amate laid on canvas,150 x 120 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Flower Festival, 1925. Pencil on paper, 33 x 48.5 cm. Courtesy of Andy and Pamela Brown

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Carlos Merida
Carlos Merida

Dance of the Old Men of Michoacan, circa 1923. Gouache on paper, 30.5 x 24cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Boy with Taco, 1932. Lithograph, 43 x 32 cm. Courtesy of private collector

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José Clemente Orozco
José Clemente Orozco

Foreshortened Woman, circa 1931. Ink on paper, 48.26 x 66.04 cm. Courtesy of Michael Wornick

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Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Cosecha de Eden, 1936. Watercolor, 35 x 25.5 cm. Courtesy of Emily Marcus

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José Clemente Orozco
José Clemente Orozco

Female Nude, 1937. India Ink on paper, 55.25 x 37.5 cm. Courtesy of Michael Wornick

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Alejandro Santiago
Alejandro Santiago

Untitled, 1993. Mix Medium on amate laid on canvas, 150 x 120 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Jose Luis Cuevas
Jose Luis Cuevas

Auto retrato Com José Gómez Sicre, Police Station New York, 1968. Mix medium on paper, 68 x 99 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Alejandro Santiago
Alejandro Santiago

Heaven Earth Hell, 1991. Cochenille on amate,120 x 81cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Francisco Toledo
Francisco Toledo

Toad with Grasshopper, circa 1980. Mix medium on paper, 21 x 30cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Jose Luis Cuevas
Jose Luis Cuevas

Serie Secrets from the Valt Hotel Mission, 1982. Watercolor and ink on paper, 26 x 26 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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Francisco Toledo
Francisco Toledo

Bird with Serpent, circa 1980. Watercolor with pen and ink on paper, 13.4 x 21 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

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