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  • ICAA Record ID
    786732
    TITLE
    La crítica de José Luis Cuevas levanta una tempestad de protestas : se agita el agua de la pintura mexicana / por Raúl Flores Guerrero
    IN
    México en la Cultura : suplemento cultural de Novedades (México, D. F., México). -- Feb. 15, 1959.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Letters
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Flores Guerrero, Raúl. "La crítica de José Luis Cuevas levanta una tempestad de protestas. Se agita el agua de la pintura mexicana." México en la cultura: Suplemento cultural de Novedades (Mexico City), February 15, 1959.
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Synopsis

A short article in which the critic Raúl Flores Guerrero tries to mediate a dispute among journalists set off by José Luis Cuevas, who has taken a position against muralism. It is a brouhaha that has been already going on for a few months. Flores Guerrero criticizes the attitude of the draftsman that, given the current situation, he finds anachronistic: “The so-called Mexican School is drowning, unassisted, in its own academic misery,” according to Cuevas. The writer maintains that judgments about David Alfaro Siqueiros have not been made on proper grounds, and, as for Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, there is no reason to attack them when they passed away and are no longer with us. In Flores Guerrero’s opinion, Orozco, in particular—as opposed to the others—“is an example” to be followed. 

Annotations

Flores Guerrero defends the values of Mexican nationalist painting in the face of ongoing attacks from José Luis Cuevas (b. 1934). He admits that the “Three Greats,” and even Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), “have spewed out sufficient material to assemble an anthology of nonsense.” However, the critic recognizes them as “consecrated” artists and therefore worthy of respect.

In fact, the writer recalls the draftsman’s early days, when Cuevas asked for and welcomed approval of his works by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974). The article accuses Cuevas of concocting “machinations” against him—through a great media campaign intended to his own benefit.

Researcher
Diana Briuolo
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit

Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional