The first major overview of the works and career of Leopoldo Méndez—one of the most distinguished printmakers of the twentieth century and a contemporary and countryman of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and José Guadalupe Posada—contains over 150 illustrations
Winner, A Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book
Leopoldo Méndez (1902-1969) was one of the most distinguished printmakers of the twentieth century, as well as one of Mexico's most accomplished artists. A politically motivated artist who strongly opposed injustice, fascism, and war, Méndez helped form and actively participated in significant political and artistic groups, including the Estridentistas in the 1920s and the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR) and the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) in the 1930s. To champion Mexican art and artists, Méndez also founded and directed the Fondo Editorial de la Plástica Mexicana, a highly respected art book publishing company.
Leopoldo Méndez is the first book-length work in English on this major Mexican artist. Profusely illustrated with over one hundred and fifty images, it examines the whole sweep of Méndez's artistic career. Deborah Caplow situates Méndez within both Mexican and international art of the twentieth century, tracing the lines of connection and influence between Méndez and such contemporaries as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. Caplow focuses on the period in the 1930s when Méndez and his fellow artists in LEAR and TGP played a key role in the development of a Mexican political art movement and a modern Mexican cultural identity. She also describes how Méndez created a body of powerful anti-Fascist images before and during World War II and subsequently collaborated with artists from Mexico and around the world on political printmaking, in addition to publishing books and creating prints for films by the eminent Mexican cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa.
- Chapter One. The Formative Years
- Chapter Two. The Stridentist Movement
- Chapter Three. The Years after the Stridentists: Political Art, Political Activism
- Chapter Four. LEAR: The Proletarian and Popular Fronts
- Chapter Five. The Taller de Gráfica Popular: The Early Years
- Chapter Six. The TGP: The War Years
- Chapter Seven. The TGP: The Middle Years
- Chapter Eight. The TGP: The Final Years
- Chapter Nine. Méndez and Publishing, Last Images
- Chronology: Life and Work of Leopoldo Méndez
- Illustration and Interview Permissions
The publication of Leopoldo Méndez was made possible by the support of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowment in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture.