Drawing Exhibition of the Month: Mexican Prints in Georgia

A fascinating group of artwork from south of the border can currently be seen in “El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte,” on view through September 13 at the Georgia Museum of Art, in Athens. It is Drawing magazine’s exhibition of the month for August.

The exhibition brings to light the work of El Taller de Gráfica Popular (The Workshop For Popular Graphics, or TGP), a collective of passionate and political Mexican printmakers, which was founded in 1937 and remained influential for decades. The TGP used art to inspire and inform in a country where literacy and communication technology were not widespread. Images of revolution, resistance and unity were often paired with anti-Nazi and anti-fascist messages and printed on economical, easily distributed flyers (volantes) and larger, more visible posters (carteles). The exhibition of approximately 250 works exemplifies TGP’s lasting contributions to the Mexican printmaking tradition.

Enjoy the following selection of works from this exhibition, which shows the potential for drawing as a transformative political force. For more information, visit the website of the Georgia Museum of Art.

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Vida y drama de Mexico (Life and Drama of Mexico), by Alberto Beltrán, 1957, poster with linoleum cut in two colors . All artwork this exhibition collection Michael T. Ricker and © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City.

 

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Compañas extranjeros (Foreign Friends), by Arturo García Bustos, ca. 1950, linoleum cut.

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1 de mayo. Elevar el nivel de vida del pueblo mexicano,…” (May 1st. Raising the Standard of Living of the Mexican People), by Leopoldo Méndez, 1947, poster with linoleum cut in two colors.

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El imperialismo y la guerra (Imperialism and the War), by Leopoldo Méndez, 1937, flyer with lithograph.

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Concierto sinfónico de calaveras (Symphony Concert of Skulls), by Leopoldo Méndez, 1934, relief print. Also known as “Calaveras of the National Mausoleum.”

 

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Buenos vecinos, buenos amigos (Good Neighbors, Good Friends), by Pablo O’Higgins, 1944, poster in mixed technique.

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