Sharing the post-Revolutionary idealism of the Mexican muralists, the TGP aimed to reach as broad an audience as possible, primarily through the dissemination of inexpensive wood- and linoleum-block prints. Although still extant in the early s, the collaborative was most prominent in the s and s, an era when populist struggles reached their apogee worldwide. In this period it published over 45, prints, including posters, broadsheets, and portfolios; these works became known internationally through exhibitions. Hannes Meyer , ed. Ittman, John W.
Taller de Gráfica Popular
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The collective was primarily concerned with using art to advance revolutionary social causes. The print shop became a base of political activity and abundant artistic output, and attracted many foreign artists as collaborators. In , muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros launched an armed assault on the residence of exiled Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky , using the Taller's print shop as a headquarters and including some artists affiliated with the Taller in his squad. The Taller became inspiration to many politically active leftist artists; for example, American expressionist painter Byron Randall went on to found similar artist collectives after becoming an associate member. During its heyday, the Taller specialized in linoleum prints and woodcuts. It produced posters, handbills, banners, and portfolio editions.
Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP)
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TGP artists were heirs to a dizzying array of both cultural riches and brutal conflicts, grounded in the legends of pre-Conquest Mexico, Father Miguel Hidalgo's initiation of the first revolution against Spanish control, Benito Juarez's later attempts at reform and the late 19th and early 20th century home-grown dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. By , Mexico's revolutionary struggles crested with the overthrow of Diaz. The TGP founders came of age in the ongoing revolutionary atmosphere that demanded social justice and an end to war and poverty. Little wonder theirs was an exceptionally lively political graphic workshop. The turbulence of the 'second' Mexican Revolution of their times and Mexico's larger history is chronicled in their lithographs and linoleum blocks.