Edward Weston, From the Summit of the Pyramid of the Sun (Valley of San Juan) 1923, Matte-surface gelatin silver print, 6 3/4 x 9 ¼

Under the Mexican Sky

On View: April 4, 2024 - May 19, 2024

Mexico City in the 1920s-30s was the scene of one of the great artistic flowerings of the twentieth century. Like Paris in the aftermath of World War I, Mexico City after the decade-long Mexican Revolution served as a magnet for international artists and photographers. Foremost among the expatriate photographers was the Los Angelino, Edward Weston, who embedded himself in the artistic milieu surrounding the muralist painters Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros. Weston reinvented his approach to picture-making during his three years in Mexico, 1923-26. The soft-focus painterliness that had characterized his studio portraiture in the ‘teens melted away under the brilliant Mexican sun, to be replaced by crystalline landscapes as well as evocative still lifes that prefigured his later shells and peppers. Meanwhile, his paramour and protégée, the Italian silent film star Tina Modotti, created photographs that would place her in the pantheon of great photographers of the era.  This exhibition features rare vintage Mexican masterworks by both Weston and Modotti from the 1920s, as well as stellar photographs from the 1930s by the New Yorker Paul Strand, the Frenchman Henri Cartier-Bresson, and by Mexico’s own self-taught master of the camera, Manuel Álvarez Bravo.


Under the Mexican Sky is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, www.art2art.org. All prints are courtesy of the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. 

Tina Modotti, Experiment in Related Form (Glasses), 1924, Gelatin silver print, 7 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches

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