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Tuesday 20 June 2017Unique opportunity to trace the artistic development of important mid-century Mexican American artist

Tamayo Tamayo The New York Years
E. Carmen Ramos. Contributions by Beth Shook

Mexican American artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) is best known for his boldly colored, semi-abstracted paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects and combining universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo: The New York Years is the first volume to focus on his work and life during his time in New York City, where he lived from the late 1920s to 1949.

Tamayo was drawn to New York at a time of unparalleled transatlantic cross-cultural exchange, and immediately engaged with the new ideas expressed in the modern art that he saw in museums and galleries. Deeply impressed by the art of Pablo Picasso, especially following the MOMA retrospective that opened in 1939, Tamayo became an important figure in the mid-century modern art movement as it shifted to New York and the Americas and away from Europe.

Tamayo: The New York Years offers a unique opportunity to trace his artistic development through 60 works—from early woodcuts and bold canvasses, paintings depicting the modern sights of the city, to his dream-like works exploring celestial views of the constellations and heavens.

Accompanies a major exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, November 3, 2017 – March 18, 2018.

E. Carmen Ramos is the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curator of Latino art. She organized the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013), which is now on a multi-city U.S. tour. The accompanying catalogue received a 2014 co-first prize Award for Excellence by the Association of Art Museum Curators.


The New York Years


E. Carmen Ramos with contributions by Beth Shook


Price US$59.95 / UK£45.00

ISBN 978-1-911282-15-0


204 pages

305 x 254 mm (10 × 12 in)

110 color illustrations

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Publication date April 2017


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A Mexican Painter Changed by the City, Changes Art.