Cryptic and hard-hitting is “The Prisoner,” a tempera-charcoal drawing by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, of a captive in a sombrero, looking out helplessly from a claustrophobic forest of armed guards.
Masterful, too, is a rich, green-hued lithograph by Hungarian-Mexican artist Gunther Gerzso which translates the image of “a woman of the jungle” into flat, abstract shapes.
Among outstanding works by later artists are a stylized yet forceful acrylic-crayon profile of “The Warrior,” by Javier Chavira, and an abstract lithograph by Gustavo Ramos Rivera reminiscent of Arshile Gorky.
Three other excellent works are contributed by Graciela Iturbide, Miguel Castro Lenero and Alejandro Colunga.
A woman seems part of the oakum she is selling in Iturbide's black-and-white photograph, and the golden coil of a snail emerges from a scumbled blue “mountain” in Lenero's abstract oil painting.
Wildly animated and macabre is Colunga's 1980 lithograph of a masked, broadly gesturing, nearly monstrous “Boy with Tricycle.”
The exhibit shouldn't be missed during its run through May 4.
— John Brandenburg
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‘Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern
and Contemporary Mexican Art'