Leonard Brooks of San Miguel de Allende
In the late 1940s, Canadian artist Leonard Brooks (1911–2011) moved with his wife, noted photographer Reva, to San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico. The couple became pillars of the small art community there for the rest of their lives, teaching classes alongside David Alfaro Siqueiros and helping establish San Miguel as a destination for artists and musicians. Strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso and Kurt Schwitters, Brooks excelled at combining drawn elements with printed and found papers. While mostly abstract, his collages often suggest meanings with texts that hint at the work’s content. Many collages in the exhibition were poster designs for the Festival de San Miguel de Allende, an annual international chamber music event, and include names of composers as well as music titles. All of the collages on view are recent gifts to the McNay from Gilberto Munguia, an internationally recognized cellist, founder of the Festival de San Miguel, and a good friend of Leonard Brooks. These collages are on public view at the McNay for the first time.
This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.