Published by RM/MUSEO TAMAYO. Text by Magalí Arriola, Teresa Eckman, Pablo Soler Frost.
Julio Galán (1959–2006) was, according to the New York Times, the best-known young Mexican painter of his generation. This volume offers the first comprehensive publication of his work in many years. First “discovered” and published by Warhol, Galán is usually pegged as a Neo-Expressionist whose work shares concerns with luminaries of that tendency such as Julian Schnabel and Francesco Clemente. Galán, though, had a very particular artistic vision. His works, often concerned with pre-Columbian cultures, retablos (nativity scenes) and homosexuality, show the influence of Frida Kahlo, Surrealism and Mexican folk art and employ elements of collage such as beads and dried flowers. Julio Galán: A Rabbit Split in Half includes the first biographical essay on Galán ever published, a glossary on Galan’s iconography, archival images, author photographs and contemporary photographs from the 2022 exhibition at the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City.