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.