Mexico City

Diego Toledo

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (MACG)

While New York conspired to steal the idea of Modern art from Paris, Mexico’s Europeanized elites complacently hosted Andre Breton and his cronies. Under the Surrealists’ influence, Mexican art lovers abandoned themselves to an Oz-like esthetic realm that, in turn, bolstered local ethnosurrealist figures like Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo. But the poetic dream eventually degenerated into an opiated lethargy, sheltered as it was by the barriers of commercial and cultural protectionism. A timely young generation of Mexican artists is already craving to trade in the market of the global art world. Diego Toledo, now 29 and with a number of one-person shows to his credit, is among the most promising.

Having begun as a painter, Toledo now works in the currently favored genre of assemblage. Always juxtaposing materials of the most contrasting sensuous qualities, his handsome constructions still

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