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"Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection"
2002-10-17 until 2003-01-05
Seattle Art Museum
This special exhibition highlights one of the world’s most significant private collections of modern Mexican art, featuring work by twenty preeminent Mexican artists of the last century. In addition to Kahlo and Rivera, this exhibition also includes María Izquierdo, José Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo. More than one hundred paintings and works on paper will be on view. This exhibition will provide a rare opportunity for Seattle audiences to see such an extensive collection of important works by the Mexican modernists.
The exhibition will focus on three broad categories of works made between the mid-1910s and the mid-1960s. First, the collection includes a large number of portraits, many of which depict the Gelmans themselves, attesting to the personal relationships they shared with the artists whose work they supported. Several artists’ self-portraits are also included. Second, the exhibition includes studio paintings by the Mexican muralists. The third major category in the exhibition is abstraction, in which artists including Carlos Mérida and Gunther Gerzso used styles like Cubism and Surrealism that were first developed in Europe.
Festival of the Birds, 1959
50 x 40 cm
Courtesy of The Vergel Foundation, New York