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  • Painting of the Week: Francisco Toledo, Frog

    By November 24, 2019

    This is an unusual watercolor diptych by the late Mexican artist Francisco Toledo, who died this year. The work encompasses two totally opposite scenes; the sensual and intimate painting on the left hand side called Sapo con tortuga...

  • La Calavera Catrina. A Skeleton Lady

    By October 28, 2019

    We all know Coco, a Pixar animation about a boy who dreams of becoming a musician, so he enters a talent contest, suddenly disappears from this world and finds himself in the after life, among the dead. It...

  • All the Fuss and Feathers in Pre-Columbian Art

    By October 7, 2019

    Artisans in pre-Columbian and colonial Mexico, as in Peru, used feathers to create exquisite adornments for nobles, fancy textiles for the elite, and provided feather embellishments for the shields and military costumes of the warriors. It wasn’t camp;...

  • Tina Modotti. A Woman of Her Time

    By September 18, 2019

    Tina Modotti is a photographer whose path parallels the great moments of 20th-century history. Her way of making art is a testimony to the world around her and her eye on it. Emigration to the States Tina Modotti...

  • The Largest Mural on Earth

    By September 16, 2019

    Early Fall, for students around the world, means one thing: back to school, back to writing papers, and exam preparations. For students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), it means back to Ciudad Universitaria, the beautiful...

  • Djanira da Motta e Silva: Gentle Documentalist of Brazilian Life

    By September 4, 2019

    Djanira da Motta e Silva (1914-1979) was born in a very humble family, in Avare, San Paulo state in Brazil. She started to paint in her twenties when she was hospitalized due to tuberculosis. Before becoming an artist,...

  • Painting of the Week: Djanira da Motta e Silva, Três Orixás

    By August 25, 2019

    Djanira pictured a very unusual Holy Trinity made of three deities from the Afrobrazilian Pantheon. They are accompanied by musicians playing drums to call ancient spirits and gods for their appearance here and now, on earth, to help...

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