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  • ICAA Record ID
    788121
    TITLE
    Hallazgo de un fotógrafo : Agustín Jiménez / por Ortega
    IN
    Revista de revistas : El semanario nacional (México, D. F., México). -- Abr. 26, 1931.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 32-33 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ortega, Febronio. "Hallazgo de un fotógrafo: Agustín Jiménez." Revista de revistas: El semanario nacional (Mexico City), April 26, 1931.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

To Fernando Gamboa, the contemporary Mexican painters are not imitators of ancient art; rather their intention is to recreate the past in modern terms. In the Mexican past, they found formal inspiration for creating their own language that resulted in art that is genuinely universal, comprehensible and useful. Contemporary Mexican painting is realistic of necessity, but it is just as far from academic art as it is from abstract art. This realism expresses great freedom and its spirit is creative, original and varied. Furthermore, Gamboa reported that 600,000 people visited the exhibition in Europe, 120,000 of whom now own the illustrated catalog. The majority of the European visitors discovered in Mexican art a way out of the terrible labyrinth of abstract art; in other words: “it represented the expression of an art that approaches the essential truths of human existence.” Therefore, contemporary Mexican painting was presented in Paris as a school, as a whole, as a great movement.

Annotations

During those years, the curator Fernando Gamboa (1908-1990) took a stance against the School of Paris, which was leading the abstract movement. He considered abstract art an easy way to elude the serious technical and artistic problems of realistic painting. In his opinion, there was a Neo-Realistic countermovement starting to develop at the margins of this formalist trend. Participants in the new movement included Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Fernand Léger (1881-1955) and a group of young painters who declared that they were opposed to the new academicism of abstract art. Gamboa rejected abstract art, which he considered sterile and incapable of expressing matters of human significance.

Researcher
Rebeca Monroy
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
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Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional