Contemporary Positions in the USA and Mexico
June 17 to Oktober 3, 2017

With Harold Joe Waldrum (1934–2003), Dan Namingha (*1950) and Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991), we are presenting three idiosyncratic modern art positions in the USA and Mexico.

Paintings by Dan Namingha unite the abstract formal language of American modernism with the motifs and symbols of the Native American Hopi tribe. Namingha transposes motifs from ornamental ceramics and the ceremonial dances of the Hopi into the realm of panel painting.

Harold Joe Waldrum brings an abstract quality to his motifs of New Mexican architecture through simplification, close-ups, and fragmentation.

The Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo is a pioneer of modern art in Mexico. His work recalls early wall paintings and the pre-Columbian art of his homeland while also reflecting his engagement with surrealism and cubism.

Rufino Tamayo: Children Playing with Fire, 1947, private collection, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Rufino Tamayo: Children Playing with Fire, 1947, private collection, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

June 17 to Oktober 3, 2017

With Harold Joe Waldrum (1934–2003), Dan Namingha (*1950) and Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991), we are presenting three idiosyncratic modern art positions in the USA and Mexico.

Paintings by Dan Namingha unite the abstract formal language of American modernism with the motifs and symbols of the Native American Hopi tribe. Namingha transposes motifs from ornamental ceramics and the ceremonial dances of the Hopi into the realm of panel painting.

Harold Joe Waldrum brings an abstract quality to his motifs of New Mexican architecture through simplification, close-ups, and fragmentation.

The Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo is a pioneer of modern art in Mexico. His work recalls early wall paintings and the pre-Columbian art of his homeland while also reflecting his engagement with surrealism and cubism.

Rufino Tamayo: Children Playing with Fire, 1947, private collection, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017

Rufino Tamayo: Children Playing with Fire, 1947, private collection, © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn 2017