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Tamayo: the New York Years

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Written by Carmen Ramos and published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2017.

Mexican American artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) is best known for his boldly-colored, semi-abstract paintings. This is the first volume to focus on Tamayo's work during his time in New York City, where he lived from the late 1920s to 1949, at a time of unparalleled transatlantic cross-cultural exchange.

Tamayo: The New York Years offers a unique opportunity to trace his artistic development through sixty works—from early woodcuts and bold canvasses, through paintings depicting the modern city, to his final dream-like, celestial-themed compositions.

E. Carmen Ramos is the curator of Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


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