Fantastic & Grotesque: José Clemente Orozco in Print
Known as one of Mexico’s great muralists of the twentieth century, José Clemente Orozco also produced numerous works on paper, including illustrations for several newspapers during and after the Mexican Revolution. Fantastic & Grotesque features caricatures and cartoons Orozco created for the weekly satirical paper El Ahuizote during 1911 and 1912. The paper took aim at both the political and cultural events of its day, and Orozco drew clear parallels between the worlds of politics and performance in the grotesque parade of public officials and stars he pictured side by side in El Ahuizote’s pages.
Exhibition co-curated with Claudia Zapata, Mexic-Arte Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution, now on view at Mexic-Arte through February 28.