El Paso

Andrea Bowers, Families Belong Together, 2018, cardboard, LED lights, 59 × 110 × 6". From “After Posada: Revolution.”

“After Posada: Revolution”

El Paso Museum of Art

José Guadalupe Posada’s influence on Mexican visual culture was profound, but a comprehensive understanding of his body of work has remained elusive. Because many of his iconic images, including the calaveras (images of human skulls) for which he is famous, originally appeared in newsprint, on broadsheets, or in chapbooks, they are delicate and relatively tiny, and to display them can be difficult. In “After Posada: Revolution,” an installation of more than one hundred prints by Posada—admittedly a sliver of the approximately twenty thousand prints he produced, primarily between the 1870s and his death, in 1913—quantity enhanced quality. The selection, arranged thematically and spanning the later part of Posada’s career, demonstrated the rigor of the artist’s practice. The pictures also spoke to the centrality of print culture in Mexico during decades of political upheaval. In addition to

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