THE MEXICO YEARS

THE MEXICO YEARS

Throckmorton Fine Art present Tina Modotti and Edward Weston’s photographic collaboration, from their important and productive Mexican years. For Weston, this period spans from 1923 till 1926, while Modotti stayed on until 1930, when she was forced into exile and left for Europe.

The work in this exhibition will focus on Tina Modotti and Edwards Weston’s portraits and architectural photographs, in addition to still lives of Mexican folk art and Modotti’s socio-politically charged images. Modotti studied photography with Weston, whose aesthetic was based on the desire to give photography the status of high art through his formalist, “Form follows function” techniques. Weston rejected documentary realism, while the content of Modotti’s work became increasingly more socio-political. Her political commitment changed her way of looking at the world. Tina Modotti quickly became part of the Mexican avant garde movement in post-revolutionary Mexico. The vision of the Mexican avant garde was to produce a new art for a new society.