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Miguel Covarrubias

 (1904 - 1957)
Miguel Covarrubias was active/lived in New York / Mexico.  Miguel Covarrubias is known for book and magazine illustration, caricatures, and mural painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Miguel Covarrubias

7 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

Covarrubias Mural Maps Exhibition 2010
Maria Lopez (07/18/2010)
Four of Miguel Covarrubias' remaining mural maps will be on exhibition at San José City Hall from September 2010 through February 2011. This is sponsored through the San José Mariachi & Mexican Heritage Festival. The fifth mural is currently on display at the De Young museum in San Francisco, CA. The mural "Art Forms of the Pacific" remains lost. I visited the De Young last year and the map, "Fauna and Flora of the Pacific" is truly impressive. Hopefully I can make it to the Bay area to see the remaining murals this fall. mml

Mural Maps
Linda Gete (10/11/2006)
I recently took two of my set of six to the Antiques Roadshow in Honolulu. Mine are in fair condition and the appraiser said that they had recently sold a similar set for around $1500. Thanks for the info on the missing mural - let's go find it!!

Miguel Covarrubias murals
Linda Gate (08/13/2006)
I own all six prints of the Pagaent of the Pacific murals by Miguel Covarrubias. Does anyone know which is the missing mural? Does anyone know where you can view a site of the existing murals? Linda

Carla (03/03/2006)
I recently discovered that one of the maps in our home is by Covarrubias. How awesomw it is to discover his work and history. Would really like to see what the "Pagent of the Pacific" look like. Does anyone know a site that displays them. Interesting about the sixth one missing. Saw on a site today for the new Mexiacn Mussseum Building in San Francisco wiil house some of Covarrubias' collection. Please let me know if you know where to get a look at the murals. Thank you, Carla

Muir Hewitt (10/11/2004)
I love this artist's style and as a collector of the Art Deco style, I amalways seeking prints of his work. Please feel free to correspond about his work, I also like Hirschfields output. Muir

Mural Controversy
Lucy Miller (04/20/2001)
From an article written by Edward Epstein for the San Francisco Chronicle, April 20, 2001. The fate of five giant murals by the great Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias, conservatively valued at $5 million, has placed San Francisco in a new art controversy, this one with international diplomatic fallout. Covarrubias, a muralist, noted magazine illustrator and anthropologist, created six murals for the 1939-40 world's fair on Treasure Island. In a mystery still unsolved, one of the six disappeared after being sent to New York City for exhibition. The Mexican government is not happy over what it perceives as the shabby treatment given the murals created by Covarrubias, who died in 1957. Mexico wants port officials to try to find the long-missing sixth mural and make sure the other five are in top shape and displayed to the public. But Port Director Doug Wong said the murals had always been kept away from construction and had been undamaged during their removal. They are in the hands of Atthowe Fine Arts Service, an Oakland firm that has a reputation as one of the area's premier art movers and restorers. I consider them invaluable," Belcher wrote. "I appraise the five large fresco murals at a fair market value of $1 million each. I consider this appraisal to be extremely conservative. If they were offered at public auction for international buyers, the resultant value could be considerably higher. "These treasures must be saved and displayed." As for the missing mural, the port's Alec Bash explained that the trail had long ago grown cold. After the world's fair closed in 1940, the murals went east to the American Natural History Museum in New York. "Some say the sixth one was sent from New York, but no one says it ever arrived in California," Bash said. "I suggest the 60-year-old mystery go on the show 'Unsolved Mysteries.' "

covarrubias biography
Louise Moises (01/18/2001)
Covarrubias had muliple talents. Painter, illustrator, muralist, print maker, caricaturist,author, anthropologist, collector of folkart, traveler, historian. He has illustrated numberous books including 5 for Limited Editions Club: All Men Are Brothers by Pearl Buck; A History and Conquest of Mexico by Prescott; Uncle Tom's Cabin by Stowe; Typee by Melville. He wrote many books on his travels and on folk art. His most famous: The Island of Bali. He also wrote Mexico South; Mexican Native Dances; Indian Art of Mexico and a rare book of caricatures Prince of Wales & Other Famous Americans, He painted a set of murals for the San Francisco Trade Exhibition, which are displayed in the Ferry Building. They consist of a series of maps with homes of the world, boats of the world, A portfolio of prints of the murals was issued in the 1940's. Additionally, Covarrubias was a regular contributor to Vanity Fair magazine circa 1920's & 30's, producing cartoons & caricatures of high society. He also did some controversial caricatures of Blacks.

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