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  • ICAA Record ID
    769922
    TITLE
    Rufino Tamayo : ¿Qué opina sobre la pintura europea? / Por ROSA CASTRO
    IN
    Excélsior : El periódico de la vida nacional (México, D. F., México). -- Jun. 24, 1951
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7-C
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Castro, Rosa. "Rufino Tamayo: ¿Qué opina sobre la pintura europea?" Excélsior: El periódico de la vida nacional (Mexico City), June 24, 1951.
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Synopsis

In this interview, Rufino Tamayo insists that his painting is not part of the abstractionist trend; however, the Italian art critic Giambattista Vicari believed that he could see a reliance on abstract motifs in the work of the painter from Oaxaca. These motifs were nonetheless a far cry from the European version due to Tamayo’s exposure to the Americas before the arrival of Cortés. Rosa Castro, on the other hand, claimed that his paintings expressed a primitivism that was archaic rather than folkloric, which saved them from mannerism, grammatical repetition, and decorative influences.

Annotations

Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) believed that there was some confusion concerning the term “abstract.” He insisted that he was not an “abstractionist” painter despite attempts to pigeonhole him as such, and offered as an alternative the preferable English term, “non-objective,” which captured perfectly the idea behind his painting. He also suggested calling it “non-representative” since it involved purely geometric arrangements. Tamayo added that, in his opinion, abstract art was in vogue among European and North American painters, and stated categorically that he was not a proponent of that style since it was a dehumanized product fuelled entirely by intellectual speculation.  

Researcher
Ana María Torres : CEPE, U.N.A.M. / CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© Tamayo Heirs/México/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Location
Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público