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San Diego: Mexican artist Tamayo's brilliance coming to La Jolla

Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo was a muralist, graphic artist, painter and art collector. In 1981 he donated his artwork and important art pieces he had collected to a museum in Mexico City that bears his name.

Next month selected works from the Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art will debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla site. The show underscores the diversity of the museum's collection, including pieces that have been purchased since Tamayo's death in 1991.

The exhibition will feature three paintings by Tamayo, according to a museum announcement: a portrait of his wife Olga, a watermelon still life and a nocturnal sky scape. Tamayo was known for being influenced by many different movements -- cubism, impressionism and fauvism -- and mixing abstract figures with folk art themes in bold colors.

Other works in the collection that will travel to La Jolla include paintings by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko as well as Latin American artists Roberto Matta and Francisco Toledo.

The show opens May 17 and continues through Aug. 31. Visitors can learn more at "A Curator's Perspective" presentation at 2 p.m. May 19. Museum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Info: "Treasures of the Tamayo Museum," MCASD La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla; (858) 454-3541

mary.forgione@latimes.com

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