Arturo García Bustos and Rina Lazo: Sixty Years of Political Printmaking in Mexico
Tacoma, WA –Sixty Years of Political Printmaking in Mexico presents the politically and socially dynamic works of partners Arturo García Bustos and Rina Lazo while highlighting the technical breadth of their printmaking. Art and politics are intertwined from the outset as the show is centered around portraits of political and artistic icons, including Benito Juárez, Emiliano Zapata, Fidel Castro, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera. Bustos and Lazo have been vital to the political art scene in Mexico since they first met and married in the late 1940s. Bustos was a disciple of Frida Kahlo in the decade before her death in 1954, and Lazo was the primary assistant of Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera, in the decade before his death in 1957. The couple have been centrally involved in the Taller de Gráfica Popular (Popular Graphic Workshop).
The exhibition will present images treating political struggles on one side of the gallery and Mexican identity on the other side of the gallery. The two themes progress until they meet on either side of the exhibition entrance. This structure underscores the formative artistic and political genealogy of the artists, whose graphic work has reflected and shaped Mexican cultural and political identity during those 60 years.
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Exhibition continues through April 17, 2009.
Artists’ Reception and Print Demonstration:
Wednesday, April 8, 5 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
University of Puget Sound
N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St.