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Mexican Culture, Art & Literary Artists

The Mexican Revolution with its violence extending from 1910 to the early '30s, there has been an outburst of creativity that has extended past the boundaries of American and Hispanic culture to reach a worldwide audience - particularly in the graphic arts.

This statement may seem overblown because the names of Mexican graphic artists are not as celebrity-iconographic as, say, Picasso or Warhol, nor as written-about as the country's literary figures, such as Carlos Fuentes and Nobel laureate Octavio Paz. If anything, however, it is an understatement. Mexican art in the 20th Century, particularly in the work of muralists such as Diego Rivera, JosT Orozco and David Siqueiros, has provided the catalytic inspiration for schools of international art ostensibly unrelated to the Mexican experience per se - yet inextricably linked to the humanity underlying their works (Stefoff 116-117; Strickland & Boswell 157). Spaniard Pablo Picasso is rightly honored for his 1937 mural "Guernica"; its connections with Mexican works such as Orozco's 1932 "Epic of American Civilization" is impossible to deny (De La Croix, Taney & Kirkpatrick 1025-1026). In the 1960s Polish-American Andy Warhol rode high on a "Pop Art" style that made icons of the everyday and the everyday into a background of "art" for everyone (Strickland & Boswell 174-176); in the 1920s the Mexican Secretary of Public Education, JosT Vasconcelos, had already put muralists to making almost every public wall a background of daily art (Stefoff 116). The murals of southern California indicates readily enough that Vasconcelos' mandate achieved results that crossed national borders. In the United States and Europe the creations of these muralists adorn libraries, city halls and public buildings with works of art that are of "Mexican" style and sensitivity, but certainly not subject matter.

This is an altogether different accomplishment and influence than that achieved by Mexico's...

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