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Guide to the Taller de Gráfica Popular collection, 1935-1995, bulk 1953-1958
BANC PIC 1999.039--D  
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Description
A collection of nearly 1,000 twentieth century graphic artworks produced by Mexico City’s Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP, Popular Graphic Arts Workshop). Works are primarily monochrome relief prints in the form of posters, volantes, and portfolio editions, but also included are illustrations, "calaveras” and "calacas” series booklets, exhibit catalogs, and some working drawings.
Background
Mexico’s foremost political printshop, the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP, Popular Graphic Arts Workshop) has an important place in Mexico’s long history of printmaking in the service of social change. This tradition is largely credited to the seminal work of Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) who was a printmaker and social critic during the Mexican Revolution. The TGP coalesced as an organization in 1937 after the collapse of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR, Revolutionary Writers’ and Artists’ League) founded three years earlier.
Extent
945 items (chiefly posters)
Restrictions
Copyright status unknown. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.X.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
Collection is open for research.