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  • ICAA Record ID
    801636
    TITLE
    [Letter] 1936 Abril 4, New York [to] Leopoldo Mendez / R. Tamayo
    DESCRIPTION
    [2] p.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – Letters
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Manuscrito autógrafo de Rufino Tamayo, delegado mexicano en el American Artists' Congress, a Leopoldo Méndez, miembro de la Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR)," April 4, 1936. Private archive.
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Synopsis

In this letter, Rufino Tamayo hints at the friction experienced by an artist who put his personal goals above the demands of political activism. Tamayo promises to report on the failings of the delegation to the LEAR and apologizes for asking the Departamento de Bellas Artes [Department of Fine Arts] for permission to extend his stay in New York without the approval of the Unión de Profesores de Artes Plásticas [Visual Arts Teachers’ Union].

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This document by Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) helps to establish when he was involved with the bureaucratic arms of the cultural front. Tamayo’s position would change later on when, during the Cold War, he was on the opposite side and was a leader of the dissident artists and a promoter of the break with the so-called “Mexican School” of painting.

Researcher
Francisco Reyes Palma
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© Tamayo Heirs/México/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Location
Archivo particular