Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo are some of the most famous artists associated with Mexican art of the early 20th century. Mexican artists such as Maria Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Fernandez Ledesma, and Ramos Martinez were not as well known, but they also made a great contribution to the art of this period. Modern Mexican Painting from the Andrés Blaisten Collection at the Meadows Museum showcases the work of these artists and many others created during the "golden age" of Mexican art. The Meadows' second floor galleries feature 80 paintings by more than 40 artists that capture the social, political, and artistic climate of early 20th century Mexico. "The depth and breadth of Blaisten's collection is a unique experience, to understand the entire span of modernism in Mexican art in one single collection, " said Mark A. Roglán, Meadows Museum Director. "Through his eyes, one can truly see the evolution of modern art within Mexico."
The Blaisten collection began in the late 1960s. At this time Andrés Blaisten was a painting student at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City when he began purchasing paintings from his artist friends. The art collector soon pursued various business ventures and started buying art that represented his personal relationship with Mexico. Today the Andrés Blaisten collection has more than 8,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints.
Modern Mexican Painting from the Andrés Blaisten Collection is on view at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University through August 12, 2012. For more information visit www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org.
by Jeralan Minnick
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Image: Diego Rivera. Irma Mendoza, 1950. Oil on canvas. 28 x 19-‐5/8 in. Collection of Andrés Blaisten. Reproduced with the kind permission of Fundación Andrés Blaisten.