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  • ICAA Record ID
    746949
    TITLE
    Las fotos de Tina Modotti : el anecdotismo revolucionario / Martí Casanovas
    IN
    ¡30-30! órgano de los pintores de México (México, D. F., México). -- No. 1 (Jul., 1928)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 4-5 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Casanovas, Martí. "Las fotos de Tina Modotti." ¡30- 30! Órgano de los pintores de México (México D.F., México), no. 1 (July 1928): 4- 5.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Martí Casanovas discusses the two qualities to be found in Tina Modotti’s photographs, referring on the one hand to the formalist, aesthetic value of her work and, on the other, highlighting its social importance as a propaganda tool used on behalf of a human ideal. Casanovas notes that some critics complain that the social message in Modotti’s work—a source of her inspiration and the subject matter of her recent projects—reduces her photographs to simple anecdotes, thus diminishing their artistic merit. Casanovas comments on the “art purist” qualities of Modotti’s photographs, and reflects on how she uses her work to further the aims of the revolution. According to Casanovas, the way Modotti combines these two strands is possibly her finest and most highly prized achievement. 

Annotations

Martí Casanovas (1894-1978) was born in Barcelona, Spain. He arrived in Cuba during the 1920s, where he joined the radical, political Grupo Minorista [Minority Group] and wrote for Social magazine. In 1927, together with Alejo Carpentier, Juan Marinello, and other militant writers, he founded revista de avance, where he made a name for himself as an art critic. During the course of that same year the dictatorial regime led by General Gerardo Machado (1925-33) accused him of being a communist, imprisoned him and deported him. He went to Mexico in 1927 and lived there until 1951. On his arrival he joined the ranks of the Movimiento de Pintores ¡30-30! [¡30-30! Painters Movement], and was one of the editors of the movement’s magazine.

Researcher
Leticia Torres
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Fondo Reservado de la Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad  Nacional Autónoma de México. México D.F., México.