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TamayoThe New York Years

Published by GILES in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Release — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 204 pages, 305 x 254 mm (10 x 12 in)

Illustrations — 110 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UKĀ£45.00 / US$59.95

ISBN — 978-1-911282-15-0

Press Release — Unique opportunity to trace the artistic...

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The first volume to focus on Tamayo’s work during his time in New York City, where he lived from the late 1920s to 1949, at a time of unparalleled transatlantic cross-cultural exchange.

Offers a unique opportunity to trace his artistic development through sixty works—from early woodcuts and bold canvasses, through paintings depicting the modern city, to his final dream-like, celestial-themed compositions.

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

About the Book

Mexican American artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) is best known for his boldy-coloured, 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 until 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 which 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.

About the Author(s)

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.