Mexican Art

Trip Start Dec 14, 2011
Trip End Jun 10, 2012

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Monday, February 20, 2012

Note: February 20 is my 2nd month anniversary of being here in San Miguel, Mexico..
I arrived in San Miguel, Mexico on December 20, 2011......
And I am loving every minute of it....

Old San Miguel saying:
You move to Florida to Die...
You move to San Miguel to live......

Double click on pictures to see the pictures of Mexican Art at full size...

I love Mexican Art..

Over the last 15 to 20 years my preference for art has evolved towards a very definite preference for abstract art and art objects (ie. masks, ceramics, glass work, etc.), not art that depicts people or places or things based on reality..

What is abstract art - it is a departure from reality, it is divorced from reality, it is not based on reality and it is not referenced to reality in anyway....
- it is an expression of emotion, feelings, ideas and concepts through the use of colours, lines and form..... it is a continuum from completely abstract art to reality based art - probably where abstract art crosses the line to not being abstract art is when it becomes surrealism, which is based at least partly on reality....
There are many different categories and subdivisions of Abstract Art - Abstract Expressionism, Expressionism, American Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, etc...
My appreciation of art is not sophisticated enough for me to distinguish between the different types of abstract art...

San Miguel is an Art Lover's Paradise. There is art everywhere. There is the Frabica Aurora, a complex of over 80 art galleries, there is 100's of art galleries all over the city and 100's (maybe even 1,000's of artists) having special showings and openings all of the time...and there is art where ever you go in the buildings of San Miguel - in the restaurants, in the public buildings, in the churches (Protestant, not Catholic, which shows religious pictures, which I do not like), the libraries, the dentist's office, everywhere......

Mexican art and San Miguel attracts artists from all over the world,for three reasons - it is different, it is indigenous and it is good....

Below is pictures of art in San Miguel that I have taken in different places that you can look at as a slide show if you are interested...

The art of San Miguel has awaken a love and appreciation of art in me, that I was previously unaware of... note: I will never be an artist, I do not have the ability, talent or aptitude to be an artist

The art of:
  - Amando McLaughlin in his Chapel/Temple of Jimmy Ray, his mythical art muse,
  - Toller Cranston, and
  - The Fabrical Aurora Complex of more than 80 art galleries anniversary celebration
will be dealt with in separate travelogue blogs...

Double click on slide show below to see slide show of pictures of Mexican Art..

Note: I have been very busy since my out of town visitors and guests have left - a Unitarian service,
an Occupy Wall Street meeting, a tour of Toller Cranston's place (which he hosted), a visit to a ranch that was established in the 1600's, am now going to a Philosopher's Discussion Group (current topic, the meaning of life), plan on going to two other discussion groups - one on world history and the other one on the early history of Christianity (the first 300 years), and am going to the dentist, getting some dental work done, saw an Oliver Stone movie, a documentary on the socialist countries of South America (doesn't look good for the U.S.A.) and went to talks on Abstract Art and on the Maya   - meeting a lot of interesting people.....hoping to be taking it a little bit easier next week..., Also went to a San Miguel newcomer's meeting. There are several San Miguel newcomer's meetings.. It is something that I have been meaning to do ever since I have got to San Miguel but have just never got around to doing before. And I am glad that I did not go sooner. When you go to a meeting like this knowing little or nothing - you do not absorb and retain much of the information that is given out at these meetings - and you do not have enough of a knowledge base to ask many questions...I got a lot out of the Newcomer's meeting and I asked a lot of questions.....The newcomer's meeting was suppose to end at 5:00pm but it went on to 5:30pm. I do not think that the Newcomer's meeting presenters liked that very much because they seemed to be in a big hurry to get away - and they kept getting calls on their cell phones - but I would just not shutup.......toooooo bad for them.........

Adios Amigo's
Mexico Dave

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burtonx2 on

Robert Sherman - who are you, do you live in San Miguel, are you connected to the Monet restaurant - I eat there on a regular basis - especially breakfast.
Mexico Dave

burtonx2 on

Robert Sherman - do you recognize me from my picture????

patton on

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