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

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

Edited by John Ittmann
With contributions by Innis Howe Shoemaker, James M. Wechsler, and Lyle W. Williams

2006
304 pages
91 color, 186 duotone, and 25 black-and-white illustrations
9" x 12"
Paper ISBN: 0-87633-195-9
Cloth ISBN: 0-87633-194-0

Mexico witnessed an exciting revival of printmaking alongside its better-known public mural program in the decades after the 1910–20 revolution. Major artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo produced 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 Mexico’s printmakers made to international modern art, and their influence on coming generations of artists.

Along with a thorough analysis of the printmaking practices of Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco, Tamayo, and others, the book features some three hundred handsomely illustrated prints—many previously unpublished—drawn primarily from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Essays by distinguished scholars investigate the dynamic cultural exchange between Mexico and other countries at this time. They discuss the work of such Mexican artists as Emilio Amero and Jesús Escobedo, who traveled abroad, and such international artists as Elizabeth Catlett and Jean Charlot, who came to Mexico and made prints. They also examine the important roles of the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico City, a flourishing print workshop founded 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 Mexico’s graphic-arts movement in the first half of the twentieth century.

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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