August 2010

The immigrants in the artwork of Jorge Crespo tell a story of identity, humor, humanity and of the fantastic. They come to their new environments in parades like sad circus performers, or in boats with toy like horses and musical instruments. They bring with them symbolic empty cages and wear their wears upon their heads and chests to hide their thoughts. The colors brighten the somber images. The tones and shading of the masked and magical characters emerge from the matrix to tell their stories of an old life in a new place. read more...

Modern Art and Artists of Mexico

In the early 1900s Mexico experiences movements in art similar to the emerging European styles and schools of art. Like other Latin American counties, many of the artists from elite families study in France, Germany, Italy and the counties where significant art influences exist. Symbolism, Constructivism, Surrealism, and more “isms” all appear in the works of the modern art of Mexico, sometimes with different names and usually with an apparent regionalism. read more...

Cat by Francisco Toledo
gouache on paper

"Las Artes de México"
Examines over three millennia of tradition and change across the broad spectrum of Mexican art and culture.
On view through summer 2010
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City Utah

“Pearl & Stanley Goodman Latin American Collection”
Works from the collection started in 1980's.
May 8th through December 5th, 2010
Museum of Art, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

"Parallel Currents: Highlights from the Ricardo Pau-Llosa Collection of Latin American Art"
Approximately 50 paintings and sculptures, collected over a 36-yr period. With full color catalogue.
Aug. 29th - Nov. 14th, 2010.
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

“Freida Kahlo Retrospective”
The over 120 paintings and drawings on display in the Martin-Gropius-Bau will be the most extensive exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s oeuvre to date.
Through August 2010.
Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

“Biennial de las Americas”
The Liberators Project Exhibition will showcase artists from Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Argentina and their interpretations of the Libertadores narrative as it impacts their countries and communities. We will celebrate the unifying but often neglected role of Liberators in the Americas by summoning the courage and vision to confront contemporary challenges.
Through September 26th, 2010
The Museo de las Americas, Denver, Colorado
“Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection”
Some of the most important art to come out of Cuba in the past two decades.
Through September 19th.
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

“En la Noche”
Take a tour of the current exhibition. Four Views from the MOLAA Permanent Collection. Music by Very be Careful. Café Viva will serve drinks and appetizers, $10.00.
Thursday August 19th 6:00pm - 10:00pm.
Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, CA

An exhibition by one of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists, Carlos Garaicoa, whose work explores the social fabric of our cities through the examination of its architecture.
Through Sept. 5th, 2010
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

"Eagerly Awaiting"
Exhibition of personal work by Cuban painter Raúl Martínez, considered one of the most influential artists in Cuba’s history.
Eagerly Awaiting will be on display from July 22 – August 13.
Magnan Metz Gallery. New York, NY

Latin American Masters in the Colección Femsa. The show features artworks by Latin American Masters, including Antonio Berni, Jacobo Borges, Iberé Camargo and Leonora Carrington.
To September 20, 2010
Museum of Modern Art. Mexico City

Silk Screen or "Serigraphy"

Like relief printing methods, silk screening started in China. It was an art form used in collaboration with the woodcuts in the 1500s. The process came west when silk material was being imported.

Like lithography, it is a confusing term for prints. It is a way to create fine art prints and an inexpensive way to decorate in a commercial aspect. During the 20th century, the name serigraph (drawing in silk) was declared as the correct name for the fine art form, leaving screen print as the method for commercial printing.

Silk material (now polyester, nylon or metal mesh) is stretched over a frame. Stencils are created to block the flow of ink through the mesh onto the paper or material being printed. The stencil can be made of paper or plastic with the positive areas cut out or created by using an emulsion that hardens and creates a block.

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