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  • ICAA Record ID
    765725
    TITLE
    Un ensayo de pintura colectiva / D. A. Siqueiros
    IN
    Romance : Revista popular hispanoamericana (México, D. F., México). -- No. 4 (Mar. 15, 1940)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro. "Un ensayo de pintura colectiva." Romance: Revista popular hispanoamericana (Mexico City) 1, no.4 (March 1940): 7.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas
Synopsis

Romance magazine invited the Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros to discuss his theoretical ideas about painting’s essential problems. At the time, he was finishing the mural at the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas de la Ciudad de México [Mexican Electricians Union, Mexico City]. Siqueiros acknowledges the value of teamwork (Spanish and North American artists included) and of public art. He believes that art should be reconsidered in terms of politics, and should embrace advances in the fields of chemistry and mechanics as well. In his closing remarks, Siqueiros extols art that looks toward the future, in overt opposition to what he sees as the archaism of Europe’s contemporary artistic expression.  

Annotations

José Renau (1907–1982), the painter and poster artist from Valencia, described in great detail his experience of working as part of a group on the mural at the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas [Mexican Electricians Union]. The mural, painted with pyroxylin airbrushed onto smoothed cement, was called Retrato de la burguesía (1939–40) [Portrait of the Bourgeoisie]. This artist worked closely with the Mexican muralist, both bound by the spatula and by their social ideals. Two artists living in exile, Antonio Rodríguez Luna (1910–1985) from Cordoba, and Miguel Prieto (1907–1956) from La Mancha, also worked on this mural, though not for very long. Renau found it to be the learning experience of a lifetime.   

Researcher
María Teresa Suárez / Guadalupe Tolosa : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Ateneo Español de México A. C.