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Ambassador Garza Showcases Contemporary Art

Mexico City

"One of the great joys in life is discovering new areas that bring richness and meaning to your life. I've been lucky to discover-and to fall in love with-Mexico and its art. I love the vibrancy, the ambiguity and the intensity of contemporary art. I am privileged and honored to be able to bring great Mexican art into my home," said U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza.

"These works of art express the quality, diversity and shared values found in American and Mexican art and culture. Thanks to the generosity of the artists and these important Mexican collectors, I have the great pleasure of sharing this collection of contemporary art with my guests tonight."

On June 1, Ambassador Garza hosted a reception at his home to present over fifty contemporary American and Mexican artworks assembled from various collections throughout the country.

Loans came from the Jumex Foundation, the Televisa Foundation, and the Coppel collection, along with various private collectors, galleries and artists. These renowned collections contain both Mexican and American works of art including paintings, sculpture and photographs.

Among the artwork displayed at the Ambassador's home are works by American artists Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Longo and Robert Rauschenberg. Thomas Glassford, a long-time resident of Mexico is also featured. Among the many Mexican artists whose works are displayed are Gabriel Orozco, Irma Palacios, Juan Soriano and Rufino Tamayo.

"I believe that art leads us by expanding our vision and views of the world. Artists lead and gradually the rest of society and governments follow," said Ambassador Garza.

"I wanted the collection to reflect the dynamism and convergence of U.S.-Mexican relations. I feel the outstanding works on display do just that."

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