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RUFINO TAMAYO Dos Personajes atacados por Perros.
Color Mixografía, 1983. 1512x2403 mm; 59 1/2x94 1/2 inches, full margins (sheet). Signed and numbered 32/75 in white crayon, lower margin. Printed and published by Taller de Gráfica Mexicana, Mexico City. A superb impression of this monumental, extremely scarce print.
We have only found 5 other impressions at auction in the past 30 years.
This ambitious, large-scale print is an iconic example of the Mixografía technique, invented by Luis Remba and Shaye Remba working closely withe Tamayo in 1973. The process involves an artist creating a model or maquette from any combination of materials (in the case of Dos Personajes atacados por Perros a monumental lithography stone) from which a sequence of plates is then cast and molded.
Tamayo (1899-1991) worked with the Rembas to develop Mixografía in order to achieve more surface texture and depth in his printed images. This print, which utilizes the largest lithography stone ever produced, was made from a mammoth stone, measuring 10x6 feet, and weighing 10,000 pounds, which still sits in the Mixografía workshop currently in Los Angeles (it was located in Mexico City during Tamayo's lifetime). The imagery of this print evinces the feeling of a cave painting; a primal, desperate scene that reflects Tamayo's interest in Mexican pre-history and his attention to specific color choice; he once stated, "As the number of colors we use decreases, the wealth of possibilities increases." Pereda 311.