The Fanatic (El fanático)

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The Fanatic (El fanático)

Mexico, circa 1935
Paintings
Oil and Duco on Masonite
40 3/4 x 33 in. (103.5 x 83.82 cm)
Gift of Dr. Electa Arenal and Julie Arenal Primus in memory of Rose Beigel Arenal (M.2002.192)
Currently on public view:
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 MAP IT
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4

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Curator Notes

The Fanatic (El fanático) shows a bound figure compressed in an architectural space -- an allusion to the physical and psychological entrapment of workers....
The Fanatic (El fanático) shows a bound figure compressed in an architectural space -- an allusion to the physical and psychological entrapment of workers. Closely associated with David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), Luis Arenal Bastar was a political activist who collaborated with Siqueiros on several mural projects in the United States and Mexico, and also experimented with new techniques. In 1937, Arenal was a founding member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), a collective center for the creation of sociopolitical art. Ilona Katzew, 2008
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