México Ahora: Recent Art from the Gelman Collection
The rich tradition of contemporary art from Mexico is explored in “México Ahora”, a focused exhibition of art from the preceding ten years represented in the prestigious Gelman Collection. The exhibition “México Ahora” at the Henry Art Gallery was co-presented with the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibition of Mexican modernist art, “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexcian Modernism: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection” (October 17, 2002- January 5, 2003). Kahlo was in her late twenties and early thirties when she painted the works for which she is celebrated. Accordingly, “México Ahora” presents the work of today’s young twenty- and thirty-something Mexico-based artists, including Mexican-born artists Paula Santiago, Miguel Calderon, Gabriel Orozco, Sylvia Gruner, and Betsabee Romero, as well as Francis Alÿs, a Belgian artist, Thomas Glassford, born in Laredo, Texas. All of them base a portion of their careers in Mexico City or Guadalajara and identify with the Mexican art scene while developing vibrant careers throughout the world. Works by these and other artists include a wide range of media: painting, carving, assemblage, collage, drawing, sewing, video installation, photography, and digital images.