Photography in Mexico
February 5 - March 22, 2003
Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
"When the eye was perfected by the precise vision of the instrument, new paths were opened up for sensibility." Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Throckmorton Fine Art is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Mexican Suites, Part II: Photography in Mexico. In this segment of the exhibition we see the emergence of Mexican photography as an international art form. Such luminaries as: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Laura Gilpin, Nacho Lopez, Paul Strand, Luis Marquez, Anton Bruehl, Graciela Iturbide, Antonio Turok, and Flor Garduño are included in the show.
During the 1920's and 1930's Mexico was a country enraptured in great artistic creativity. The political and cultural topic of the day was the Mexican Revolution; the political revolutionary struggle, social suffering, and dignified proletarians. These elements formed the dominant vocabulary and iconography used by intellectuals and artists of the day.
The important turning point for Mexican photography came in 1923 when foreign-born photographers Edward Weston and Tina Modotti settled and became active in Mexico City's artistic circle. They exhibited and published their work on a regular basis. Weston and Modotti promoted the international formalistic approach of modernism, but nuanced with local folklore. Their photographs worked as visual objects in their own right, modernizing the existing visual vocabulary and syntax of the established norm for Mexican photography of the time. The ambition of some Mexican artists to attain an international presence became a reality in large part due to Weston's and Modotti's artistic production.
Good pictures reveal themselves over time. The greatness of a single artist can be measured by the magnitude of the influence on his peers, who simultaneously will incorporate the artist's findings and further modify them through their own work and generate reciprocal effects on others. The quality of the work by the photographers being shown in this exhibition is of great importance and is a major contribution to the field of photography in Latin America.
THROCKMORTON FINE ART
145 East 57th Street, 3rd floor
New York, New York 10022
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