A survey of the paintings of Abraham Ángel that situates the celebrated artist’s work within the broader arc of Mexican art in the 1920s
A New York Times Best Art Book of 2023
One of the leading artists of his generation in Mexico, Abraham Ángel (1905–1924) produced just twenty-four paintings before his sudden death at the age of 19. Praised by Mexico’s greatest cultural luminaries for his work’s vivacity, individuality, and uninhibited emotion, Ángel’s paintings are immersed in the rich bohemian world of Mexico City in the 1920s and explore themes of national identity, urban life, and modernity. While much of the scholarship surrounding the artist has focused on the circumstances of his untimely death, essays by Mark A. Castro and Mireida Velázquez shift the spotlight to Ángel’s innovative and enduring work and how it reflects the broader political, social, and cultural currents that were transforming Mexico in the wake of the country’s violent revolution. This beautifully illustrated volume reassesses the artist’s legacy and draws readers into the world of one of the most unique painters in the history of Mexican art.
Distributed for the Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art (September 10, 2023–January 28, 2024)
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (March 14–July 14, 2024)
Mark A. Castro is the Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Mireida Velázquez is director of the Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City.
“Ángel’s 20 extant works reproduce beautifully in a slim but convincing catalog that doesn’t overstate the case. . . . [His portraits] combined Mexico’s burgeoning populist aesthetic with a private romanticism that seems nonetheless to have sought clarity on the promise of his country’s Revolution.”—Walker Mimms, New York Times, “Best Art Books of 2023”
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