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Rufino Tamayo

Innovation and Experimentation

Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) was a leading Mexican artist of the 20th century who achieved international acclaim. He became known primarily for his paintings and murals, but also created a robust body of works on paper, which provided an important avenue for formal and technical innovation. Drawn exclusively from LACMA’s holdings, this exhibition highlights Tamayo’s engagement with printmaking and also includes a selection of Mesoamerican sculpture from the museum’s collection, an important source of inspiration for the artist. Spanning over 60 years of his prolific career, Rufino Tamayo: Innovation and Experimentation focuses on Tamayo’s longstanding interest in prints as a means of exploring new techniques and furthering experimentation.

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IMAGINED FRONTS

The Great War and Global Media

Imagined Fronts: The Great War and Global Media explores how the media spectacle in which we live had origins in World War I and the burgeoning mediascape of posters, photography, cinema, illustrated newspapers, and ephemera that made it the first global media war. How did the media and artists imagine a war encompassing the entire world? Combatants included forces from Australia, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, as well as racially and ethnically diverse American and Indigenous peoples including Māori, First Peoples, and Choctaw “code talkers.”

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