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Latin American Art

Zinc etching.

José Guadalupe Posada
Calaveras de la cucaracha: una fiesta en ultratumba
Zinc etching
15 13/16 x 11 7/8" (40.2 x 30.2 cm)
Tinker collection

The Nickolas Muray collection of Mexican art contains over 100 paintings, drawings, and prints by twentieth-century Mexican artists. Collected primarily during the 1930s and 1940s, the bulk of the collection features work by Muray's close friend Miguel Covarrubias, including five gouache caricatures from his series of Impossible Interviews. Other art works in the collection include Rufino Tamayo's important painting Cow Chasing Flies and three pieces by Muray's friend and lover Frida Kahlo: Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Still Life (with Parrot and Fruit), and Diego y Yo, a sketch of the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera. Works by the artists Guillermo Meza, Roberto Montenegro, Juan Soriano, Fernando Castillo, and Rafael Navarro are also in the collection.

Watch video documentary A World of Interest: Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

The Tom and Adriana Williams Miguel Covarrubias collection comprises 183 items, including 157 original works by Covarrubias, 11 works by other artists, and 15 posters. The collection is part of a larger collection of research material compiled by Adriana Williams, Covarrubias's biographer, and her husband Tom. Covarrubias's works include illustrations for his Island of Bali (1937), Marc Chadourne's China (1931), Zora Neale Hurston's Mules and Men (1935), and a 1950s brochure about Indonesia. Among the other works by Covarrubias is a large group of study drawings of Balinese subjects. Several of the Bali works were used as illustrations in Adriana Williams's Covarrubias in Bali (2005). In addition there is a small group of drawings that was used in Rosa Covarrubias's The China I Knew (edited by Adriana Williams, 2005). Other artists included in the collection are Vanity Fair illustrator Eduardo García Benito, Kees van Dongen, Winfred Rembert, Juan Manuel Salazar, and Saul Steinberg. The Ransom Center also has materials from the Tom and Adriana Williams Miguel Covarrubias collection in the manuscripts department, the book holdings, and the personal effects collection.

The Dudley Smith collection of Latin-American artwork, which focuses on folklorico, or peasant images, contains watercolors and oil paintings by Mexican artist Diego Rivera and Ecuadorian artist Eduardo Kingman, as well as oils on canvas by Peruvian artist José Sabogal.

Focusing on the horsemen of the Americas and the Gaucho, the Edward Larocque Tinker and Joshua B. Powers collections include works by Argentinian artists Molina Campos and A. M. Paz and Uruguayan artist Enrique Castells Capurro.

Other highlights in the Latin-American collection include prints by José Guadalupe Posada, David Alfaro Siqueiros's Portrait of George Gershwin in Concert, and Diego Rivera's oil on canvas La Niña con Muneca.


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