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This edition of the supplement of the newspaper Novedades is dedicated to the painter Diego Rivera, who died a few days earlier. Raquel Tibol published Rivera’s last interview, which focuses exclusively on the subject matter of art criticism in Mexico. While the artist from Guanajuato says he is “certain” that “real [criticism] does not exist in our country,” he does accept that there are “friends and allies” of Mexican painting, such as Alfonso Caso, Alfonso Reyes, Samuel Ramos, Isidro Favela, José Vasconcelos, José Juan Tablada, and others. Moreover, Rivera believes that there are some who write as if they are “advertising merchandise that artists and galleries have put up for sale” such as Gabriel García Maroto, Ceferino Palencia, and Margarita Nelken.
In this interview between Raquel Tibol (1923–2008) and Diego Rivera (1886–1957), Rivera reveals that he is in favor of “strictly scientific analysis” for examining artworks. Absolutely essential to this endeavor, says Rivera, are “criteria that are extremely sensitive aesthetically and absolutely informed historically.” This aesthetic testament of sorts reveals Rivera’s anachronism when he mentions almost exclusively writers from the 1920s circle of José Vasconcelos, as the present-day “friends and allies” of his movement.