La Xilografía: Mexican Woodcut Prints
Sponsored by Popular Community Bank
August 29 – October 27
Gallery Opening Reception Thursday . August 29 . 6:30 PM
Community Gallery Tour Thursday . October 3 . 7:30 PM
A joint exhibition between the Muckenthaler and Fullerton College showcases woodblock prints by contemporary and past Mexican artists as well as Southern California artists.
Works of Artemio Rodriguez, Sonia Romera, Daniel González, Abel Alejandre, Raul Anguiano will be displayed at the gallery reception among others.
It was not until the 19th century that printmaking observed new growth in its artistic possibilities. The political climate in Mexico was tumultuous, between the years of 1821 and 1876 the presidency changed hands a total of 75 times. It was in this social climate that artists seized their chance. Gabriel Vicente Gohana (known as Picheta, one of his caricatures names) and Jose Guadalupe Posada were the artists of the immensely popular broadsheets. The broadsheet, “a printed text accompanied by an illustration or two,” is considered the traditional form of printmaking in Mexico (Kiehl, 539). This type of printmaking was adopted by the “penny presses” of Mexico City in the 1880s.
Source: The Muck