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  • ICAA Record ID
    752650
    TITLE
    Coloquio III : mexicanismo y universalidad
    IN
    Coloquios de Coyoacán con Rufino Tamayo. --  México, D. F. : Editorial B. Costa-Amic,1956.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 29-45
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Tamayo, Rufino and Víctor Alba. "Coloquio III: Mexicanismo y universalidad." In Coloquios de Coyoacán con Rufino Tamayo, 29-45. Mexico City: Editorial B. Costa-Amic, 1956.
    ADDITIONAL AUTHORS
Synopsis

In the Coloquio III [Symposium III], titled “Mexicanismo y Universalidad” [Mexicanism and Universality], Rufino Tamayo criticizes the “patriotism” of some of his contemporaries, explaining that Mexican art should not be limited to recognition of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and other mural painters. On the contrary, in order to promote Mexican art—especially in the international arena—its “multifaceted” nature should be acknowledged. Tamayo also claims that artists who achieve universal standing are those who are able to see as men rather than just as members of a particular nation. Tamayo backs up his ideas by referring to a number of experiences he recalled from his life in New York and Paris during the 1930s to the 1950s.   

Annotations

This series of interviews or symposia was conducted in 1956, when Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) had just emerged as the moral leader of the visual arts renaissance in Mexico. Since the 1940s, Tamayo had criticized the jingoistic and political excesses of mural painting, and had encouraged a move toward cosmopolitanism and modernization in Mexican art. His ideas, such as those in this series, were an inspiration to the avant-garde youth who were just beginning their careers in Mexico midway through the 20th century. 

Researcher
Alejandro Ugalde
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© Tamayo Heirs/México/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Location
Biblioteca Justino Fernández del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. México D.F., México.