I was thrilled to read your cover story on the new face of Chicano art ("The New Chicano Movement," by Josh Kun, Jan. 9). It represents an important step toward recognizing the diverse and significant contributions that Chicano and Mexican American artists are making to the L.A. art scene and beyond. Needless to say, I am proud to be associated with this long overdue article. In 2003 I dedicated my gallery to exclusively exhibiting Chicano art.
But you overlooked the real pioneer in this area: Daniel Saxon, whose Westside gallery exhibits a cohesive group of Chicano artists. His efforts since the 1980s have paved the way for the rest of us in the gallery world who share his passion for Chicano art.
Director, Patricia Correia Gallery
The late Rufino Tamayo would have approved of the new Chicano art movement. In the 20th century he left the sombrero, bandolero, revolucion Mexican art environment of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros to journey to Paris, where he created beautiful art. The fact that he was a proud Mexican was coincidental to his creative expression. When I look at my four Tamayos, I don't see "Mexican" art.