Recent Acquisitions: Stanford Curator Seeks Mexican Works on Paper

The history of modernism is complex, but tends to focus on Europe and America, often ignoring their interaction with Mexican artists.

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week.

Elizabeth Mitchell had to have it.

The curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs was far from Palo Alto when she spotted something truly extraordinary in Manhattan. Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) produced over 300 prints in his lifetime, but this was altogether different. Not only is Man and Woman one of Tamayo's earliest prints, but it's also one of his strongest.

Mitchell knew that Stanford's Cantor Center for Visual Arts already owned a few works by Tamayo, but they were color lithographs from the 1960s or later. While the black and white woodcut, measuring roughly 10 by 10 inches, will be an ideal addition to an exhibition planned for 2015, the curator is specifically interested in Mexican works on paper, as well as art by the Americans they influence.

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