Devoted to the late work of José Clemente Orozco, that illustrates the artist's career-long interests in human history and politics, surrealism, symbolism, abstraction and the human form, this catalogue also puts into dialogue the echoes of the painter's influence found in contemporary practices in the city of Guadalajara.
How is Orozco's body of work still relevant today? In an interplay of temporalities, this catalogue outlines the late work of one of the greatest exponents of Muralism in Mexico and beyond, rendering the complexity of his creative processes, and adding new scholarship to the field. By featuring a collection of unpublished materials from his personal archive, this book also puts into dialogue the echoes of the painter's influence found in contemporary practices in the city of Guadalajara, where he has left an undeniable mark to our day.
Works by José Clemente Orozco, Karian Amaya Ozaeta, Isa Carrillo, Claudia Cisneros, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Gonzalo Lebrija, Lourdes Martínez, Eamon Ore-Giron, Eduardo Sarabia, Emanuel Tovar, Luis Alfonso Villalobos.
Published on the occasion of the exponymous exhibition at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, in 2021.
José Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) was a Mexicain social realist painter, one of the most important proponents of the Mexican Mural Renaissance, along with Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. His bold murals were the most complex of Los Tres Grandes and prominently featured universal themes of human experience and modernization. Orozco is one of the most significant artists to come out of Mexico in the 20th century. He was born in Jalisco and returned to Guadalajara to paint his masterpiece, "The Man on Fire," in the Hospicio Cabañas, one of the oldest hospital complexes in Latin America. A World Heritage site, it is known as the "Sistine Chapel" of Latin America. Beginning in 1922, Orozco painted more than seven major murals in Mexico and the U.S., including three completed in the 1940s.