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  • ICAA Record ID
    863919
    TITLE
    [Letter] 1981 May 16, México, D.F. [to] Lorenzo Homar / Alberto Beltrán
    DESCRIPTION
    1 leaf
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – Letters
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Beltrán, Alberto to Lorenzo Homar, México, D.F., May 16, 1981. The private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan de Puerto Rico.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Homar, Lorenzo; Quinteros, Adolfo, 1927-1994; Tamayo, Rufino
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
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Synopsis

The Mexican artist Alberto Beltrán writes to Lorenzo Homar to tell him that the Mexican printmaker Adolfo Quinteros is having a difficult time. He also mentions that a new museum is to be opened in front of the Museo de Arte Moderno to house the work of Rufino Tamayo and the artwork of contemporary European and North American artists. Like Tamayo, Beltrán is in favor of being exposed to other forms of artistic expression, but thinks that Tamayo enjoys the support of the media because his political views are largely in line with the policies of the United States.

Annotations

In 1958, Puerto Rican printmaker Lorenzo Homar went to Mexico City with the delegation of Puerto Rican artists who took part in the I Bienal Interamericana de Pintura y Grabado [1st Inter-American Biennial of Painting and Prints]. In Mexico City they were feted by the Taller de Gráfica Popular [People’s Print Workshop] (TGP). This was where Homar met Leopoldo Méndez, Mariana Yampolsky, Arturo García Bustos, and Beltrán himself, among others. Following this trip, Homar developed a close friendship with Beltrán (1923–2002). Homar’s archives contain a wealth of correspondence between the two men. Beltrán, who was devoted to the nationalist cause, joined the TGP in 1944. He was awarded first prize in the print category at the Primera Bienal Interamericana de Pintura y Grabado [First Inter-American Biennial of Painting and Prints]. Beltrán was the publisher of two newspapers that featured cartoons, Ahí va el golpe [Be careful!] and El Coyote Emplumado [The Feathered Coyote] as well as deputy director for graphics at the newspaper El Día.

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan Puerto Rico, PR