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Rufino Tamayo

March 24 - April 28, 2007

Latin American Masters gallery is exhibiting paintings and works on paper by Mexican Modernist Rufino Tamayo. The exhibition runs concurrently with the artist's retrospective at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Synthesizing Pre-Hispanic forms and European Modernism, in addition to his formal innovations with color and texture, mark Tamayo as one of the centuries great artists. Disinterested in issues of nationalism, political criticism, and narrative painting, Tamayo's art stands in direct contrast to that of the Mexican Muralists, who dominated the aesthetic and ideological conversation in post- revolutionary Mexico. Tamayo's refusal to make topical painting, but rather to focus on universal themes, has kept his art meaningful to our times. Whether painting indigenous women, howling dogs, space travel, or the remote sculptural forms characteristic of his late period, Tamayo remains a solitary figure, working largely outside the dominant art movements of the 20th Century. Tamayo painted over seven decades, with sublime indifference to anything but the call of his own creative genius.

Latin American Masters will be exhibiting fifteen canvases and watercolors by Tamayo, as well as a selection of rare graphic works

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