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  • [Letter] [1933, Junio?], Buenos Aires [to] Blanca Luz Brum
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1933
    Other than the intimate details of the communication between Siqueiros and Brum, this letter provides extremely interesting insights into Siqueiros’s public relations in Buenos Aires, as well as his opinions and intentions concerning the local [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1238660

  • [Letter] 1925 Junio 17, México [a] Secretario de Educacion Puig Cassauranc
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1925
    David Alfaro Siqueiros sent a letter to the Minister of Public Education, José Manuel Puig Cassauranc, when he was dismissed from his ministry job as professor of drawing and manual works, for which he was paid three pesos a day. His dismissal was [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 786037

  • [Letter] 1934 Enero 11, Isla de Trinidad [to] Blanca Luz Brum
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1934
    In this letter, David Alfaro Siqueiros tells Blanca Luz Brum that the Troubadour—the ship on which he sailed from Buenos Aires in December 1933—had arrived in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Siqueiros talks about the book he wrote on the trip [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1238692

  • [Letter] 1936 December [to] Pollock, Sandy, Lehman
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1936
    In this brief letter, David Alfaro Siqueiros advises Jackson Pollock and his team that the studio in New York will be closed during the day while he prepares for his forthcoming exhibition in Manhattan. Siqueiros explains that he needs to be alone to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 751122

  • [Letter] 1938 Abril 27, [España to] María Teresa León, [México]
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1938
    David Alfaro Siqueiros writes a letter to Teresa León from a military command post in Spain during the Civil War, telling her of his combat experiences at the front and comparing procedures there with artistic work. He sees that in both there are [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 786046

  • [Letter] 1964 Julio 3, México D. F. [to] Julio Scherer García
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1964
    In 1964, journalist Julio Scherer García received the manuscript of David Alfaro Siqueiros’s autobiography. Three years earlier, in 1961, Scherer García had gone to Lecumberri Prison and managed to obtain some 387 pages. Siqueiros asked him to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 751181

  • [Letter] Al Comité Central del Partido Comunista del Uruguay
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1933
    While stating his unflinching loyalty to the communist cause, David Alfaro Siqueiros also provides some important autobiographical information in this letter to the Uruguayan Communist Party Central Committee. He talks about being under house arrest [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1238917

  • 3 llamamientos de orientación actual a los pintores y escultores de la nueva generación americana
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1921
    With his manifesto, David Alfaro Siqueiros sought to position the avant-garde project anew, doing away with belated modernism and impressionism, in favor of Cubo-Futurist expressions and the incipient eruption of Dadaism. This eagerness for [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 801659

  • A los soldados, a los obreros y a los campesinos : Los tres somos víctimas, los tres somos hermanos : Farsa en varios actos titulada : La caída de los ricos y la construcción de un nuevo orden social
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro; Amador, Graciela
    1924
    Following the prologue to the farce “The Fall of the Rich and the Construction of a New Social Order,” is a scene in the first act entitled, “The Army of the Soldiers, Workers and Peasants.” In a triumphal panorama of the socialist revolution [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764028

  • Aclaración del C. de Defensa Proletaria
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro; Gonthier, Jesus
    1928
    The Comité de Defensa Proletaria [Committee for the Defense of the Proletariat] wrote to the editorial board of El Machete magazine regarding the reports published in the press about the events organized by the Bloque Obrero [Workers’ Block] in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776692

  • Al margen del manifiesto del Sindicato de Pintores y Escultores
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1924
    This document analyzes the national repercussions that the Sindicato de Obreros Técnicos, Pintores y Escultores [SOTPE, Union of Technical Workers, Painters and Sculptors] had on an art scene that was then dominated by individualism. Siqueiros [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 763287

  • Autobiografía de José Clemente Orozco : Sindicato de Pintores y Escultores. “El Manifiesto”. Socialización del Arte. Arte burgués y arte proletario. Rectificaciones
    Orozco, José Clemente
    1942
    In this text, the painter José Clemente Orozco states that the “Manifiesto del Sindicato” [the Painters and Sculptors Manifesto] is “extraordinarily important; its influence has been felt for two decades and younger painters [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 796183

  • Autobiografía de José Clemente Orozco.
    Orozco, José Clemente
    1942
    This is an autobiographical account by the Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco that reveals the extraordinary influence exerted on his life and work by Dr. Atl. When Dr. Atl returned from Europe, he sought the support of his old colleagues [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 796158

  • Autobiografía de José Clemente Orozco. Los talleres de Gedovius. La exposición española y la mexicana de 1910. El "Centro Artístico". El hijo del Ahuizote. Huelga de estudiantes. Raziel Cabildo
    Orozco, José Clemente
    1942
    This article centers on two events: Orozco’s participation in the student exhibition at the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos during the critical year of 1910 and his start as a caricaturist for opposition newspapers. The government [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 793221

  • Carta a Jorge Enciso
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1944
    In a letter to Jorge Enciso, addressed to the Dirección de Monumentos Nacionales [National Monuments Administration], Siqueiros announces that Javier Rojo Gómez has commissioned him to paint murals in the tower of what was known as the former [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 786065

  • Carta abierta a Jaime Torres Bodet : Secretario de Educación Pública : no hay tal dirección de Educación Estética! : la acción de Carlos Pellicer y sus colaboradores se oponen al programa general de la Secretaría
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1945
    This is an open letter written by David Alfaro Siqueiros to the Minister of Education Jaime Torres Bodet that explains the discrepancy between his humanistic, revolutionary discourse on the one hand, and the function of the Dirección de Educación [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 760412

  • Con Siqueiros
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1952
    In this interview, David Alfaro Siqueiros states that in the exhibition Arte mexicano: desde tiempos precolombinos hasta nuestros días [Mexican Art: From Pre-Colombian Times to Our Days], contemporary Mexican painting had generated both supportive [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 780039

  • Contra la Corriente
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1933
    This cover of the “Revista multicolor de los sábados” [full-color Saturday Magazine], a supplement of the daily newspaper, Crítica, features a print of the work Contra la Corriente [Against the Current] by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974 [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 733143

  • Contrato para la ejecución de una pintura mural que celebra por una ...
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1951
    The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) [Mexican Institute of Social Security] was created at the beginning of the hospital construction project; it was a decentralized entity with legal status located in the nation’s capital. Although [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 796041

  • Crítica a la crítica del Arte : A propósito de un reciente artículo de Margarita Nelken sobre la obra total de Diego Rivera
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1949
    In his long essay, Siqueiros defends Diego Rivera’s work in response to Margarita Nelken’s article on the latter’s retrospective exhibition at Bellas Artes published in the latest issue of Cuadernos Americanos. He accuses Nelken of being “ [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 774903

  • Declaraciones del Sindicato de Pintores y Escultores
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1924
    In an open letter to the newspaper, David Alfaro Siqueiros makes a number of statements about the article published in the same paper defending students’ rights in terms of the paintings at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria (ENP). Siqueiros [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 755362

  • Diego Rivera pintor de cámara del gobierno de México
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1935
    David Alfaro Siqueiros attacks the implacable enemy of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR) [League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists], the Trotskyite Diego Rivera, “leader and supporter of the Fourth International in Mexico [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 774385

  • Dos casos de violación al derecho de propiedad
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1924
    The author condemns the double standard with which two property rights cases were adjudicated. Siqueiros compares the destruction of the offices of La revista de Yucatán [Yucatan Magazine] by an angry crowd to the attack by a group of dentistry [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764072

  • El arte al servicio del proletariado
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1931
    Given the circumstances of the time, David Alfaro Siqueiros advocated that art should be transparent and dedicated to the struggle; it should be a tool for propaganda that was also open to technical innovation. In his opinion, pure art should wait [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 822471

  • El Colegio Nacional y la vacante de José Clemente Orozco
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1959
    David Alfaro Siqueiros attempts to answer the question: “If you were nominated by the El Colegio Nacional to replace José Clemente Orozco, what would you say?” He replies in a long, complex, four-page essay. He eschews a yes or a no answer and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 752764

  • El derrumbe del coraje
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1933
    In this 1933 article published in the Argentinian literary magazine, Crítica: Revista Multicolor de los Sábados,edited by Jorge Luis Borges and Ulyses Petit de Murat, Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros narrates a story of his time as a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 733809

  • El jurado de los intelectuales enemigos del pueblo : continuación de la farsa “La caída de los ricos y la construcción del nuevo orden social
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1924
    Act one, scene two of this farce is entitled “A jury [to try] the reactionary intellectuals and capricious intellectual revolutionaries.” The figures to be judged and the extras, as well as the wailing chorus, have the actual names of numerous [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764063

  • El Sindicato de pintores y escultores combatirá en “El Machete”
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1924
    In this brief article, Siqueiros, the secretary of the Sindicato de Pintores y Escultores [SOTPE, Painters and Sculptors Union], reports that the painters laid off from their work on public buildings due to the machinations of “reactionary” [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764085

  • En el orden burgués reinante hay que buscar la causa de la decadencia arquitectónica contemporánea
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1924
    In this document David Alfaro Siqueiros reflects upon the nexus between society and its aesthetic production, particularly with regard to the status of architecture under the bourgeois order. The article is directed toward the officials in charge of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764051

  • Foreword
    Orozco, José Clemente
    1933
    This document includes an article in which José Clemente Orozco vents his negative opinion regarding symposia. He remarks that instead of wasting money on the artificial and pedantic speeches regarding the relationship between art and the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 733054

  • Función de la fotografía
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1945
    This profound essay by the muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros was prompted by what critics had said about Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s exhibition at the Sociedad de Arte Moderno. Siqueiros describes the critiques as a useless form of photo-literature [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 760429

  • Función del Colegio Nacional : no es la de reproductor y amplificador : debe hacer una tarea de creación en el orden de la cultura
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1945
    In this article David Alfaro Siqueiros denounces and criticizes the Colegio Nacional. The charter and rules were written by Octavio Vejar Vázquez who was Minister of Education at the time, and whom the painter considers to be mediocre. Siqueiros [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 760418

  • Hacia la plástica integral por medio de la revolución
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1934
    In this article, Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros explains his vision of art history which, in his view, wavers between moments of socialization (or social integration) and moments of individualism (or decadence). It is on those grounds that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1208204

  • Hacia una nueva plástica integral
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1948
    This article by David Alfaro Siqueiros is a theoretical analysis of the Mexican muralist movement, whose principal characteristic (and what differentiated it from the rest of the international trends) was its “functional political purpose.” [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 799548

  • La arquitectura internacional a la zaga de la mala pintura
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1954
    In forty paragraphs, David Alfaro Siqueiros outlines the process of artistic integration of Mexican architecture and painting that produced the Ciudad Universitaria, the Presidente Juárez Apartment Blocks and the Museo Experimental El Eco. For [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 786079

  • La crítica del arte como pretexto literario o el monóculo del Artepurismo de París en México : A propósito del dilema : formalismo o nuevo realismo en el arte de la pintura
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1948
    David Alfaro Siqueiros describes and simultaneously defines the four positions or trends in the visual arts existing in the world. He wonders if the theoretical proposals coincide with the work of art, and chooses to explain only two: the non-realism [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 733030

  • La ofensiva contra los comunistas : Arbitrario cese del compañero Siqueiros
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1925
    The article reproduces a letter from David Alfaro Siqueiros to José Manuel Puig Casauranc, the Minister of Public Education (SEP) regarding the painter’s dismissal from his position as professor of drawing and manual crafts on June 10, 1925. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764177

  • La Trinidad de los sinvergüenzas : Prólogo de la farsa titulada: La caída de los ricos y la construcción del nuevo orden social
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro; Amador, Graciela
    1924
    This farce was written in verse and consists of a prologue and four parts. The action takes place in Mexico City. On a throne of clouds rests a trinity: a Mexican politician, “the father devil;” a European capitalist, “the grateful son;” and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764016

  • Las pedradas como un sustituto de la razón
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro; Orozco, José Clemente; Guerrero, Xavier
    1924
    David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Xavier Guerrero signed this article in which they refute the assertions published by the Federación de Estudiantes Preparatorianos [Federation of Preparatory Students] and they list, one after [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 758002

  • Los vehículos de la pintura dialéctico-subversiva : Experiencias técnicas del Bloque de Pintores (Sección Los Ángeles)
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1932
    This is a typewritten copy of the lecture given by David Alfaro Siqueiros at the John Reed Club in Hollywood on September 2, 1932. Siqueiros talks about the creation of what he called the Los Angeles “Mural Painters’ Block” [BPM: Bloque de [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1238676

  • Memorial al señor arquitecto Carlos Lazo : gerente general de las obras en la ciudad universitaria : sobre el problema de mis murales en la rectoría y en la Facultad de Ciencias Químicas
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1953
    David Alfaro Siqueiros sends the architect Carlos Lazo, project manager at Ciudad Universitaria (UNAM) in Mexico City, three documents about the scaffolding he has erected and the mural he is executing at the university’s Rectoría [President’s [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 786058

  • Mi respuesta a seis preguntas del campo pro realista
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1949
    The art critic Antonio Rodríguez asks David Alfaro Siqueiros to respond to the question: does a contradiction exist between the theory and practice of the painter Siqueiros? Rodríguez elaborates with six follow-up questions. First, the author [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 760450

  • New World, New Races, and New Art
    Orozco, José Clemente
    1929
    José Clemente Orozco calls for the production of a new brand of art produced in the Americas—what he calls the “New World”—that constitutes a “new spiritual and physical medium.” This art is neither rooted [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782312

  • No hay mas ruta que la nuestra : Importancia nacional e internacional de la pintura mexicana moderna
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1945
    This is a collection of articles by David Alfaro Siqueiros in which he restates the principles of an art about war, linking it to the great artistic traditions expressed in the work of artists such as Dr. Atl, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 774358

  • Nuestra acción y su inercia : primera réplica del Centro de Arte Realista Moderno
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1944
    Once the Centro de Arte Realista was founded, David Alfaro Siqueiros refers to the successes of the last 40 days. He awaits the response from the opposition to the proposals made about “La Pintura Mexicana Moderna”. The Centro’s first success [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 751153

  • Orozco "explains"
    Orozco, José Clemente
    1940
    In this text, José Clemente Orozco marks his distance from the ideological and aesthetic positions of either Diego Rivera or David Alfaro Siqueiros. Without mentioning them by name, Orozco criticizes the political orientation that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 812285

  • Orozco, el precursor formal-profesional
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1949
    In his essay written in the form of a letter, David Alfaro Siqueiros refers to four of José Clemente Orozco’s major areas of interest as he looks back on the life of the recently deceased painter, identifying him as an artist and a friend, and as [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 735414

  • Paradojas contemporáneas
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1933
    While visiting Argentina, Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros forms his opinions about Argentinean culture from an ideological split. In his view there are two columns that he calls, in general: the aristocratic and the red one, defined by their [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 733937

  • Plan de trabajo para el Centro Médico (IMSS)
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1958
    The initial title that David Alfaro Siqueiros proposed for the mural he painted at Centro Medico Nacional [the National Medical Center] was Apología de la futura victoria de la ciencia médica sobre el cáncer. Paralelismo Histórico entre la [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 796086

  • Plástica Dialéctico - Subversiva
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    1933
    David Alfaro Siqueiros defines the visual arts in the era of the proletarian struggle by their dialectic and subversive form.  This mechanically produced art is materialistic, dynamically objective, and is exemplary on multiple levels. Its approach [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 729869