Google honours Diego Rivera’s 125th birthday

While Some might criticize Google for possible misuse, manipulation and censorship of search results, as well as its use of others’ intellectual property, (their latest plan was to scan millions of books which meant they were infringing copyright of millions of authors – settlement discussions are still going on) there’s however one tiny good thing about Google…

Their doodles.

Google Doodles are the daily decorative changes that are made to the Google logo. They are often creative, sometimes puzzling, often beautiful but the best thing about them is that they are educative.

When you pass your cursor on the doodle, Google rewards you with a little explanation on the meaning of the design itself.

These doodles commemorate the celebration of historical events, books and games anniversaries but most importantly they celebrate the birthdays of famous artists and scientists which we tend to forget such as René Magritte, Nikola Tesla, Louis Braille, Samuel Morse and many more.

On the 8th of December for example, Google Doodle was celebrating Diego Rivera’s 125th birth anniversary. Irish Times might be speaking about the high winds and the low ECB interests but there is nothing about the birth of this once great Mexican Painter.

Rivera was born in 1886 in Guanajuato, a rich silver mining town about 400 km North of Mexico city. His life was filled between a passion to painting with influence of cubism, post impressionism and surrealism, a love of women ( had nothing less than 4 wives including Frida Kahlo) and political conflicts  ( he was a communist yet managed to get expelled a few times from different communist parties).

But the one thing that remained constant in life was his dedication to painting as he completed more than hundred fifty murals in his lifetime throughout Mexico City, Detroit, San Francisco and NY, for the bigger cities.  Less is known of the paintings and murals he did  in smaller cities in Mexico such Chapingo and Cuernavaca.

His native style based on large, simplified figures and bold colors is unique and his painting reflected the lives of the working class and native people of Mexico. His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art.

Something quite striking about the artist was that Rivera studied art a very young age (ten) starting at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City.

If there is a saying that claims that “The younger you start the better”, Google knows it already as the American multinational public corporation  also holds a Doodle4Google competition for students in grades K–12 to create their own Google doodle.

This year, six-year-old Dublin girl Layla Karpuz, at Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, Dublin 15, won Google’s third year Irish ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition in March with her lovely hearts, curls, shamrocks, grannies and caterpillars design.
2012 Google’s theme is ‘I wish….’  .

The winning doodle will appear on the Google Ireland’s homepage for 24 hours. Unfortunately the submission is closed now.

It is quite ironical that the media would seemingly ignore to cover art history in general (except in cases of paintings bidding wars) while it’s up to a giant corporation to fill the gaps.

Who knows soon we might have our own Irish Diego Rivera thanks to Google?

How do you feel about this shift in the information about the arts?

Article written for the Dublin Studenty me website:

This entry was published on December 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm. It’s filed under Art Elsewhere, Art History and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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