Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
9 July – 23 October 2016
Ortega (b. 1967) is one of the new generation of Mexican artists whose sculptures focus attention on how the forces of nature, whether wind, water, arth or fire, act on the earth and affect humankind. The works in the Fruitmarket exhibition are mainly made from clay to form waves, ‘icebergs’ or track the eroding power of a river and will introduce a major new sculpture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new bilingual publication Damián Ortega: States of Time fully illustrating this new body of work and including texts by Adrian Forty and Sergio González Rodríguez,
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
25 June – 9 October 2016
Exhibition presents 33 artworks from the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, including self-portrait paintings and drawings by Frida Kahlo, and major examples of Diego Rivera’s canvas paintings. Alongside these works are over 50 photographs by figures such as Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Frida’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, which provide insights into the artists’ worlds and their intriguing relationship.
A display of drawings and paintings by the Mexican artist who having trained in Paris was made head of the National Academy in Mexico City in 1913, where he supervised the enrollment of the young muralist David Siqueiros amongst others and influenced the Modernist artist Rufino Tamayo. The works on show are from the 1930s and 1940s when Ramos Martinez had settled in Los Angeles, whilst he was seeking medical assistance for his young daughter crippled with a bone disease, though the imagery is inspired by the Mexican landscape and people. The Louis Stern Galleries represents the artist’s estate.
Focuses on the couple’s work in the 1930s boom-town motor-city and Kahlo’s increasing adoption of traditional Mexican dress and symbolism in her work as a reaction against the American city’s elite. Around 70 works are on display, including eight of Rivera’s preparatory drawings for his Detroit Industry mural, and 23 pieces by Kahlo.
Accompanied by a substantial exhibition catalogue
Exhibition closes: 12 July 2015