Yesterday, the Arte Skot Foreman gallery located at Fábrica La Aurora in San Miguel de Allende hosted the inauguration for the Rufino Tamayo Photographer, Memories of San Miguel de Allende exhibition. Among a great crowd, where those in attendance enjoyed a toast and a marvelous exhibition, the evening was a perfect one to get to know the Mexican painter’s previously unknown work.
Skot Foreman, the exhibition’s host, offered some words of welcome, along with Sarah Hoch, the executive director of GIFF, and Julio César Álvarez from Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, A.C., who shared their excitement for introducing these works that portray the “La Gloria” house, where the Tamayos lived for a brief time.
The Tamayos came to San Miguel de Allende due to their friendship with Lucha Mojica, the cousin of tenor José Mojica. They bought a house in Salida Real a Querétaro in the early 1940’s, which the painter called “La Gloria”. From his own aesthetic vision, Rufino Tamayo captured the essence of what is MExican, what we see on the streets, daily life. We appreciate his artistic compositions which show a poetic realism that evokes the Mexico of yesteryear.
Among the highlights of this exhibition we find Lovers Watching the Landscape (1943), where we observe Olga and Rufino Tamayo watching the city, drawing the neo-gothic tower that is “la Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel”. This exhibition was curated and put together by Julio César Álvarez, Yisel Rahal Martínez, Iliana Sánchez, Dolores Cobielles y Diego Luna, while Jesús Herrera coordinated and did the graphic design.