Four broad themes trace common links among this selection of artworks created between 1916 and 1950: women artists, landscape, indigenous subjects, and portraits. Women artists were pioneering modernists, though often under-recognized in their day, and represent a diversity of unique visions. The border between Mexico and the United States was a permeable one, and artists’ landscapes celebrate our shared geography and natural environment. Indigenous subjects were depicted by artists with different aims. Some celebrated indigenous heritage, while others produced romantic portrayals for the tourist market. In portraiture, both anonymous subjects and real individuals were portrayed with great dignity. Crossing borders affords opportunities to explore shared artistic approaches, both here and there.
Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, The Lonesome Hole, Valley of the Little Colorado, 1929. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Men’s Arts Council Western Art Endowment Fund.
Border Crossings: Mexico and the American Southwest is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.
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Alfredo Ramos Martínez, La Malinche (Young Girl of Yalala, Oaxaca), c. 1940. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Mexican Art.
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