The Covarrubias Circle
Accompanying the exhibition Miguel Covarrubias: A Certain Clairvoyance is the book The Covarrubias Circle: The Nickolas Muray Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, a volume in the Ransom Center's Imprint Series published by University of Texas Press. The publication includes major essays on Covarrubias and Muray, featuring color illustrations of the art in Muray's collection of Mexican modernists, notably works by Frida Kahlo, Guillermo Meza, Roberto Montenegro, Rafael Navarro, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo.
The publication, edited by Kurt Heinzelman, illustrates the transgression of generic boundaries and cross fertilization among artists working in different media, from painting and photography to dance and ethnography, that gave modernism its freshness and energy. It also demonstrates that American modernism was thoroughly infused with fervor for all things Mexican, of which Covarrubias was a principal proponent.
The book was published with the financial support of Ransom Center Advisory Council members Rick Hardin and Janet and Jack Roberts.