Deborah Caplow curates two exhibits in Mexico

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IAS faculty member Deborah Caplow has curated two related exhibits of graphic art, at the Centro de las Artes de San Agustín, San Agustín Etla, Mexico (CASA), and The Instituto de Artes Gráficos de Oaxaca in November, 2018. The two exhibitions have since traveled to the Museo Nacional de la Estampa, where they will be shown from April 13 to July 14, 2019. Deborah selected, collected and organized the works based on research in Oaxaca for the last three years, including studio visits and interviews of many of the artists. El Arte Gráfico Contemporáneo de Oaxaca is a major exhibition of printmaking in Oaxaca from the 1990s to the present, including over 240 graphic works by more than 100 artists.  Los Maestros Oaxaqueños is an exhibition of fourteen Oaxacan  masters of graphic art. This exhibit originated at the Instituto de Artes Gráficos de Oaxaca. 

 The city of Oaxaca has become an internationally recognized site of a boom in printmaking, with an unprecedented number of artists, studios, courses, and exhibitions. The prints  represent the rich cultural and political life of the region, and encompass a wide range of techniques, formats and contents. Curated by art historian Deborah Caplow, the exhibitions present, for the first time, a comprehensive selection of Oaxacan graphic art. They contain works by such well-known artists as Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, Rodolfo Morales, Sergio Hernandez, and Alejandro Santiago, as well as prints by many other artists currently working in an atmosphere of dynamic graphic art production in Oaxaca. The prints range from abstraction to realism, and also include prints, stencils and wall installations by politically active artists who emerged during the social unrest of 2006. Many of the works center on the indigenous cultures of Oaxaca They are part of the thirty-year celebration of the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca (IAGO), the graphic arts museum founded by artist Francisco Toledo.

Alberto Cruz, La trinidad, 2016, linocut, 69.5 x 77 cm., photograph courtesy of Deborah Caplow
Alberto Cruz, La trinidad, 2016, linocut, 69.5 x 77 cm.,
photograph courtesy of Deborah Caplow

ASARO (political art collective), Unititled (Helicópteros), 2006, woodblock print, photograph courtesy of Deborah Caplow
ASARO (political art collective), Unititled (Helicópteros), 2006, woodblock print,
photograph courtesy of Deborah Caplow

Lapiztola (stencil graffiti collective) Maiz Oaxaca, wall stencil, 2018, photograph courtesy of Deborah Caplow
Lapiztola (stencil graffiti collective) Maiz Oaxaca, wall stencil, 2018
photograph courtesy of Deborah Caplow