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  • ICAA Record ID
    753171
    TITLE
    Alfaro Siqueiros catalogó ayer a nuestros pintores
    IN
    Excélsior : El periódico de la vida nacional (México, D. F., México). -- Nov. 25, 1950
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 12 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Conferences
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro. "Alfaro Siqueiros catalogó ayer a nuestros pintores." Excélsior: el periódico de la vida nacional (Mexico City), November 25, 1950.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    lectures; Mexican; Realist (modern European fine arts styles); school (critical concept)
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Synopsis

In 1950, David Alfaro Siqueiros gave a lecture at the Palacio de Bellas Artes [Palace of Fine Arts] in which he analyzed [the work of] Mexican painters such as Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Siqueiros concluded that they do not belong to the Mexican School of Painting; in the former’s case because of the static nature of his work; and in the latter’s because Tamayo was influenced by the “School of Paris.” According to Siqueiros, Mexican painting is realist art expressed through realist forms; he described it as a form that is a medium for expressing fundamental ideas. Whereas, the opposite is true of the French school that values art for art’s sake, and form for form’s sake.

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David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) was concerned that art in Mexico was being taken over by a younger generation that was not following in the steps of the realist school. It was in the 1950s, and young painters were more influenced by figures like Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). Siqueiros therefore wrote open letters to the most widely read newspapers in Mexico City, and sought to speak at places such as the Palacio de Bellas Artes and create forums like the Centro de Arte Realista [Center for Realist Art] as well as the Cuernavaca workshop, where he could count on the support of his followers.  

Researcher
Esther Acevedo : Dirección de Estudios Históricos, INAH
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional