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Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920 to 1950


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Mexico witnessed an exciting revival of printmaking alongside its better-known public mural program in the decades after the 1910and#150;20 revolution. Major artists such as Josand#233; Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo produced numbers of prints that furthered the social and political reforms of the revolution and helped develop a uniquely Mexican cultural identity. This groundbreaking book is the first to undertake an in-depth examination of these prints, the vital contributions Mexicoand#8217;s printmakers made to modern art, and their influence on coming generations of foreign artists.

Along with a thorough discussion of the printmaking practices of Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros, Tamayo, and others, the book features some 300 handsomely illustrated printsand#150;and#150;many previously unpublished. Essays by distinguished scholars investigate the dynamic cultural exchange between Mexico and other countries at this time. They analyze the work of such Mexican artists as Emilio Amero and Jesand#250;s Escobedo, who traveled abroad, and such international artists as Elizabeth Catlett and Jean Charlot, who came to Mexico. They also discuss the important roles of the Taller de Grand#225;fica Popular, a flourishing print workshop founded in Mexico City in 1937, and the Weyhe Gallery in New York, which published and distributed prints by many of these artists during the 1920s and 1930s. Together, the prints and essays tell the fascinating history of Mexicoand#8217;s graphic-arts movement in theand#160;first half of theand#160;20th century.

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John Ittmann is Curator of Prints, and Innis Howe Shoemaker is the Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. James M. Wechsler is an independent scholar based in New York. Lyle W. Williams is Curator of Prints and Drawings at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio.

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jeff vanden Boom, April 30, 2008 (view all comments by jeff vanden Boom)
My love for mexican artwork is one of the most emotional reasons I look for in art. I have been studying Mexican and Precolumbian art for 30 years.
there is a story being told by all Mexican artwork, it has soul.
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Ittmann, John
Yale University Press
Contribution by:
Wechsler, James M.
Contribution by:
Williams, Lyle W.
Wechsler, James M.
Williams, Lyle W.
Shoemaker, Howe
Caribbean & Latin American
Graphic Arts - General
Techniques - Printmaking
Prints, Mexican - 20th century
Art and society - Mexico - History -
Art - General
General Art
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Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
A Revolution in the
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25 b/w + 186 duotone + 91 color illus.
12 x 9 in 3.9 lb

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