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Mexican Graphic Art

Edited by the Kunsthaus Zurich
Graphic art has long been one of the principal expressions of popular art in Mexico. Visually striking, with bold lines and intricate details, Mexican graphic art is intensely evocative of the time and place in which it was created. Poverty and wealth, love and cruelty, and the poetry and hardships of everyday life are among the themes that emerge from the woodcut and linocut prints of Diego Rivera, José Guadalupe Posada, Leopoldo Méndez, and their contemporaries.    

This beautifully illustrated book—designed and produced in collaboration with Kunsthaus Zürich for an accompanying exhibition—offers an overview of the development of Mexican graphic art from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Vivid, full-color illustrations feature fifty key works from artists who were born or lived in Mexico, printed using a range of techniques. In addition to prints by Posada, there are realist works by Rivera, Méndez, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as abstract works by Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo. Together, the works evince an engagement with revolutionary ideas and political and sociocultural concerns that saw its fullest expression in works by members of the Taller de Gráfica Popular—a graphic art workshop established in 1937 by a collective of international artists in Mexico that produced flyers and posters supporting trade unions, popular education, and socialist issues in the country. While many of the images depict the customs and traditions of its indigenous populations, the book also incorporates some of the country’s first forays into abstract art.

By bringing together the works of important Mexican graphic artists, Milena Oehy offers unique insight into the history and richness of Mexican graphic art. The images are complemented by an introduction and brief texts on the artists and featured works.

320 pages | 400 color plates | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Christoph Becker
1949—Two Months and 12,000 Images
Armin Haab Sees Mexico
Biography Armin Haab
The History of Mexico and of Mexican Graphic Art
Mexican Heads of State since 1864
The Beginnings of Graphic Art on the American Continent
Mexican Graphic Art after Mexico’s Independence
An Introduction to Mexican Graphic Art
Gabriel Vicente Gahona, known as “Picheta”
Manuel Manilla
José Guadalupe Posada
Mexican Revolution
The Revolution and Its Consequences
Los tres grandes—The Big Three
SOTPE—Syndicate of Technical Workers, Painters, and Sculptors
¡30–30!—Revolutionary and Anti-Academic Group of Artists
LEAR—League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists
La Estampa Mexicana—Publishing House of the TGP
FNAP—National Front for Visual Arts
TGP—1950s to 1960s
Mexican Association of Graphic Arts
Abstract Mexican Graphics
Catalog of Illustrations
Glossary and Catalog of Works
Artists’ Biographies
Image Credits
Cited and Selected Literature
Work Commentary
Maya civilization
Zamarripa Landi
Méndez (Homenaje a Posada)
Castro Pacheco
Méndez (Las antorchas)

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