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POSADA: A CENTURY OF SKELETONS. Editorial RM, Mexico City, 2013. Published in association with Fundacion BBVA Bancomer, Mexico City and RM Verlag, Barcelona. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 376 pp. (4 foldout) with 872 ills. (662 col.). 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 9788415118664 In English; original captions in Spanish only.
Publisher's description: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Posada's death, A Century of Skeletons collects nearly 1,000 reproductions of original prints, including dozens of engravings never before published. Over the last century, Posada's satirical illustrations with their signature calaveras or skeletons, have become synonymous with the imagery of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations. Often guised in various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the "Skull of the Female Dandy," Posada's Calaveras also satirized the lifestyle of the Mexican upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Diaz. His prints and lithographs utilize a distinctive blend of black, white and middle tones and his works in type metal, zinc and wood make dramatic use of proportion and disproportion. Reflecting on various aspects of Posada's life and work, this volume contains essays by Juan Villoro, Helia Bonilla, Monserrat Gali and Rafael Barajas, as well as a study by Mercurio Lopez that organizes a significant part of Posada's work chronologically, and with regard to the printmaking techniques employed. It also includes two complementary sections: one examining the technical transition from lead to zinc in engraving and a second giving examples of the iconographical sources for Posada's work.
Artist(s):Posada, Jose Guadalupe
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Mexico — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Graphic Arts (Prints) — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 161418
Hardcover $65.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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