Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone! Whether you are of Mexican heritage or not; today, people thoroughly enjoy celebrating this holiday over margaritas and delicious Mexican food (I know I do!), but let’s take a moment to appreciate some amazing Mexican art as well. To be honest, embarrassingly enough, did I not only need a reminder as to what Cinco de Mayo was a celebration of (if you don’t remember or don’t know, this date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862) I also couldn’t think of more than a few Mexican artists off the top of my head…Frida Kahlo…Diego Rivera…But now that I have done a little research I have been enlightened and my eyes opened to some beautifully amazing and thought provoking Mexican art.
“The Battle of Puebla” by Alejandro Romero (1987) – National Museum of Mexican Art – Chicago
And though I have only scratched the surface of Mexico’s rich artistic history, here is a sampling of some authentic Mexican art that explores themes of cultural heritage, personal identity as well as the country’s tumultuous past and present.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! enjoy!
Frida Kahlo, “Tehuana Self Portrait,” 1943
Jose Luis Cuevas Portfolio: Ritratti & Autoritratti, “untitled 1,” 1979
Raul Anguiano, “Untitled”
Juan O’Gorman, detail of the mural “The History of Michoacán.” 1942
Gabriel Kuri, Trinity (Voucher in triplicate), 2006. Three hand-woven wool tapestries. Each 334 x 118 cm. Collection of Gordon Watson, London. Photo: John Kennard
Gunther Gerzso, “Legendary Landscape (Azul y Naranja).” 1964
Rufino Tamayo, “Watermelons”
Gilberto Aceves Navarro,”La mujer besada,” (1995)
Miguel Conde, “Sin Titulo,” 2008
Damian Ortega, “Classified Cob,” from the Damián Ortega survey at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Minerva Cuevas, “Del Montte,” 2003, installation view at Museo de la Cuidad de México, 2012
Daniela Rossell, “Untitled,” from Ricas y Famosas, 1999
Maria Izquierdo (1902-1955), “Ofrenda”
Miguel Cabrera (1695-1768), “The Divine Shepherdess”
Gabriel Orozco, “Black Kites,” 1997
David Alfaro Siqueiros, “Peace,” 1961
“Black Cloud” by Carlos Amorales, 30,000 moths, 2007
Leonora Carrington, “The Meal of Lord Candlestick,” 1938
Diego Rivera, Detail of mural, “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park,” 1948.
Jose Clemente Orozco, “Zapatistas,” 1931
Saturnino Herran “Flechador,” 1917
Abrham Cruzvillegas, “Wright Imperial Hotel,” 2004
Jose Maria Velasco, “Pirámide del Sol,” 1878.
Julieta Aranda, “Memories of things present #2”, 2008. Wine glasses, newspaper, and cotton, seeds, dimensions variable
Rafael Lozano Hemmer, “Pulse Show,” 2010