Treasures of The Mexican Museum

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.​

Carlos Orozco Romero
Carlos Orozco Romero

Untitled, 1927. Watercolor, 33x27cm. Courtesy of Private Collection

Alejandro Santiago
Alejandro Santiago

Untitled, 2006. Oil and amate laid on canvas,150 x 20cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

Francisco Toledo
Francisco Toledo

Blue Grasshopper, circa 1984. Watercolor on paper, 25.75 x 35.25 cm. Courtesy Bond Latin Gallery

Rafael Coronel
Rafael Coronel

Mi Tia, 1969. Pastel with pen and ink on paper, 76 x 100 cm. Courtesy of Benjamin Fernandez

Jose Luis Cuevas
Jose Luis Cuevas

Zona Roja de Acapulco Prostituta 1, 1972. Ink on paper, 30 x 24 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

Gunther Gerzso
Gunther Gerzso

Meridional, 1995. Mixograph, 46 x105 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

Leonora Carrington
Leonora Carrington

Woman with Bird, 1978. Graphite colored pencil, pen and ink on paper, 46-x 61cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery

Remidios Varo
Remidios Varo

Centura, 1959. Mix Media on card, 21 x 15 cm. Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Aguilar

Carlos Merida
Carlos Merida

Untitled, 1978. Medium Petroplatic on amate mounted on board, 51 x 34 cm. Courtesy of Emily Marcus

Rosa Rolanda
Rosa Rolanda

Shells, circa late 1940. Gouache on paper. 25.5 x 30.5 cm. Courtesy of Adriana Williams

Miguel Covarrubias
Miguel Covarrubias

Portrait of Rosa Rolanda, circa late 1940s. 15.25 x 11.5 cm. Courtesy of Adriana Williams

Leopoldo Mendez
Leopoldo Mendez

Untitled, 1949. Linoleum cut, 14.28 x 41cm. Courtesy of Maximilian Mc Donald

Rufino Tamayo
Rufino Tamayo

Boatman, 1939. Gouache on paper. 20 x 30 cm. Courtesy of Private Collector

Alfredo Ramos Martinez
Alfredo Ramos Martinez

Revolutionary, 1917. Pastel on paper, 58.5 x 57 cm. Courtesy of Private Collector

Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

Sleeping Children, 1932. Lithograph, 42 x 30 cm. Courtesy of private collector

José Clemente Orozco
José Clemente Orozco

Mujer Mexicana, 1929. Lithograph, 35.5 x 24.7 cm. Courtesy of Bond Latin Gallery