Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910-1960
'educational in focus containing substantial essays by Dawn Ades, accomplished scholar of Latin American art history, and Alison McLean, specialist on the all-important Mexican printmaking collective, the Taller de Grafica Popular (Popular Graphics Workshop or TGP); both draw from select works included in the exhibition as springboards to elucidate a chronological cultural, social and political history of the time-period at hand, from 1900 to 1960' - Print Quarterly
The Mexican revolution of 1910–1920 gave rise to an artistic explosion, in particular, in printmaking. The left-wing government viewed art as an important vehicle for education and the promotion of revolutionary values. It established a programme to cover the walls of public buildings with murals and set up numerous workshops to produce prints for wide distribution.
Published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum, the volume features prints by thirty-five artists, including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The prints range in subject from images of the revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, scenes of poverty, hunger, and oppression to representations of Mexican history and idealised rural life. Introductory essays by Dawn Adès and Alison McClean set Mexican printmaking in its artistic and political context. Concise biographies of the artists, a chronology, and a glossary of printmaking terms complete the book.
- Author: Dawn Adès, Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Date published: November 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0714126708
- Product Dimensions: 27 x 24.1 x 1.9 cm