Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany
Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany explores the shared subjects and visual strategies of two key moments in 20th-century political printmaking: the revival of German Expressionist graphics in response to a nationwide revolution in 1918, and the formation of the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Print Workshop) in Mexico City in the late 1930s. Although rooted in distinct social and historical contexts, artists in both countries responded to their respective upheavals in print to communicate to a mass audience in forceful visual terms.
Examining direct and indirect points of exchange, Pressing Politics considers the iconographic precedents for these artists’ political imagery, the range of printed works they produced, and the conditions that gave rise to their art.
The publication includes a comparative essay and is an illustrated catalogue entries by Rachel Kaplan and Erin Sullivan Maynes, as well as a material analysis of several works by Madison Brockman with Laura Maccarelli.
Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany is on view Saturdays from 1–4 pm at LACMA's satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School, from October 29, 2022 through July 22, 2023.
- Flex Bound Hardcover
- 130 pages, 50 illustrations
- 8.75 x 11.5 x 0.4 inches
- Published 2022