Siqueiros Paisajista/Siqueiros: Landscape Painter

26Aug10

MOLAA joins the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG), Mexico City, in presenting Siqueiros Paisajista / Siqueiros: Landscape Painter, an exhibition that reveals the renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros as a major landscape painter. This exhibition, which will be on view from Sept. 12, 2009 – January 30, 2011, is  the first of its kind to be presented anywhere and includes approximately half of the 150 landscape paintings that Siqueiros produced during his lifetime. The exhibition is the result of more than three years of collaboration that included gathering artwork from more than 20 different museum and private collections in Mexico and the U.S.

Featuring a selection of the most important landscape paintings and drawings, the exhibition reveals Siqueiros’ dynamic vision of futuristic cities, allegorical places and the environment. Utilizing an explosive color palette and experimental techniques, the landscape imagery is charged with the emotions of creation and destruction always present in the art of Siqueiros.

As a prominent painter and political activist, David Alfaro Siqueiros was an integral member of the Mexican School of Painting along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. He continues to be viewed as one of the most important Mexican artists of the 20th century although his artistic influence spread far beyond Mexico’s borders.

While Siqueiros is represented in the historic canon of modern Mexican art as one of the leading proponents of public art for social action—largely due to his mural painting—it was through his easel painting that he studied an extensive variety of techniques and styles that allowed him to examine pictorial space, composition, light, shadow and color.

In addition to his exploration of techniques and styles, Siqueiros constantly experimented with new tools and materials. After discovering various types of industrial materials produced in the United States in the 1930s, Siqueiros’ produced most of his easel works with uncommon materials such as Duco paint, a DuPont brand name for pyroxilin paint, a tough and resilient type of nitro-cellulose paint manufactured for the automotive industry.  The use of these industrial materials, not commonly used as “fine art” materials, again emphasizes the radical nature of Siqueiros and his art.

Image: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Aeronave atómica, 1956.

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