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Graphic Reality: Mexican Printmaking Today • Highpoint Center for Printmaking
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About the Event

iHighpoint Center for Printmaking
2638 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat Noon – 4 pm
September 14 - November 28, 2007
Free Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Minneapolis, MN—Highpoint is pleased to present Graphic Reality: Mexican Printmaking Today, a traveling exhibition organized by Los Angeles curator and La Mano Press co-founder Artemio Rodríguez. Graphic Reality features the work of 11 artists; familiar print forms such as lithographs and screenprints share space with innovative hybrids of printmaking, street art, skate culture, and animation. A reception with Artemio Rodríguez will be held on Friday, September 14th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The show closes on November 28th.

The history of printed images in Mexico is many centuries old, dating back to the print-embellished textiles and ceramics of prehispanic peoples and the religious book ornaments of their European colonizers. José Guadalupe Posada’s tremendously popular broadsheet illustrations transformed Mexican visual culture at the turn of the twentieth century and paved the way for self-supporting printshop collectives such as the Taller de Gráfica Popular, or Workshop for Popular Graphic Art (1937). Today, graphic illustrations called monitos are collected in amusing comic book novellas and sold on countless Mexican street corners.   

The exhibit’s contemporary printmakers continue this tradition with a wide range of preoccupations and themes. Demián Flores appropriates comic book imagery, for example, while Darío Ramírez reproduces a car crash in rich aquatint, an etching technique. Many of the artists are pursuing their craft outside of well-known printshops and some have even left Mexico to live in other countries such as the U.S. Though working independently and toward diverse ends, the artists’ total dedication to hand printmaking strengthens and unifies the show.

Graphic Reality was originally organized and presented by International Print Center New York ( It includes work by Marcelo Balzaretti, Mizrain Cárdenas, Oscar Camilo de las Flores, Demián Flores, Verónica Gómez, Rogelio Gutiérrez, Darío Ramírez, Joel Rendón, Artemio Rodríguez, José Hugo Sánchez and Cesar Alberto Chávez Victoria.

Artist Key

Marcelo Balzaretti
(born in México City, 1971, lives and works in México City)
Black sheep insight, 2003
Photogravure and drypoint. Edition: 5 + A.P
Paper size: 30 x 40 inches each
Mizraim Cárdenas
(born in Morelia, Michoacán, México, 1971, lives in Morelia, México)
Peces de papel (Paper fishes), 2005
Etching. Edition: 50
Image size: 4 images 3 x 3 inches each
Paper size: 23_ x 10 inches
Cesar Alberto Chavez Victoria
(born in Puebla, Puebla, 1979, lives and works in Puebla, México)

Untitled (boy and crocodile)
, 2006
Woodcut. Edition: AP
Image size: 7 x 8 inches
Paper size: 19 x 19 inches
Demián Flores
(born in Juchitan, Oaxaca, 1971, lives and works in Oaxaca, México)

Untitled (México, playbol!)
Serigraph. Unique
Image size: Various sizes
Paper size: 12 x 9 inches each
Oscar Camilo de las Flores
(born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, 1974, lives and works in Oaxaca, México)
21st Century Calligraphy, 2005
Lithograph. Edition: 30
Image size: 21 x 33 inches
Paper size: 28 x 40 inches
Verónica Gómez
(born in México City, 1968, lives in San Luis Postosí, México)
Serie: Ciudad de la memoria, puertas a ninguna parte (Series: the City of memory, door to nowhere), 2006
Etching. Edition: 5 AP
Image size: 34_ x 19 inches
Paper size: 45_ x 28 inches
Rogelio Gutierrez
(born in San Jose, California, 1981, lives and works in Long Beach,
Self-portrait, 2005
Color lithograph, silkscreen. Edition: 4
Image size: 15 x 15 inches
Paper size: 15 X 15 inches
Artemio Rodríguez
(born in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, 1972, lives and works in Los Angeles)
Avarice, 2003
Woodcut. Edition: 10
Image size: 24 x 24 inches
Paper size: 35 x 32 inches
Darío Ramirez
(born in México City, 1978, lives and works in México City, México)
Descomposición materica (Series: Material Decomposition), 2004
Etching, aquatint. Edition: 5
Image size: 17 x 11 inches
Paper size: 17 x 11 inches
José Hugo Sánchez
(born in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, 1962, lives and works in Tijuana, México)
Minute Man, 2006
Woodcut on canvas. Unique.
113 x 81 inches
Joel Rendón
La Cucaracha, la cucaracha (The cockroach, the cockroach), 2002
23 x 21 inches


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