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Adolfo Ruiz Cortines

A work made of linocut in black on ivory wove paper.

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  • A work made of linocut in black on ivory wove paper.




Mariana Yampolsky
Mexican, born United States, 1925-2002

About this artwork

Mariana Yampolsky was a student at the University of Chicago in 1943 when she attended a campus lecture by Chicago artists Eleanor Coen and Max Kahn on their experience working with the Taller de Gráfica Popular. Inspired, she decided to travel to Mexico where she spent the rest of her life, becoming one of the first woman members of the collective, a prolific printmaker, and an acclaimed photographer.

President of Mexico from 1952 to 1958, Adolfo Ruiz Cortines was a progressive who succeeded the corrupt administration of Miguel Alemán. Here Yampolsky emphasized the dignified qualities of Ruiz Cortines, known for boosting educational, social welfare, and health programs and for granting women equal voting rights. Inspired by Méndez’s influential linocut style, Yampolsky employed swirling intricate cuts to chart the distinctive topography of the president’s weathered face, with his strong brow and nose, piercing eyes, and hollowed cheeks.

Mariana Yampolsky era estudiante de la Universidad de Chicago en 1943 cuando asistió a una conferencia de los artistas locales Eleanor Coen y Max Kahn en la que estos contaron sus experiencias con el Taller de Gráfica Popular. Inspirada por ellos, Yampolsky decidió viajar a México, en donde pasaría el resto de su vida. Allí llegaría a ser una de las primeras mujeres en formar parte del Taller, una prolífica grabadora y una aclamada fotógrafa.

Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, presidente de México de 1952 a 1958, fue un progresista que sucedió en el poder al gobierno corrupto de Miguel Alemán. Aquí Yampolsky resalta las dignas cualidades de Ruiz Cortines, reconocido por impulsar la educación y el bienestar social, así como por sus programas de salud, y por otorgarle el derecho al voto a las mujeres. Inspirada por el influyente estilo del linograbado de Méndez, Yampolsky emplea cortes intrincados y arremolinados para trazar la topografía característica del rostro del Presidente ya abatido por los años, con su amplia frente y nariz recta, mirada profunda y mejillas hundidas.


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Prints and Drawings


Mariana Yampolsky


Adolfo Ruiz Cortines


Mexico (Artist's nationality:)

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Linocut in black on ivory wove paper


Image/block: 20.5 × 16 cm (8 1/8 × 6 5/16 in.); Sheet: 50.3 × 32.5 cm (19 13/16 × 12 13/16 in.)

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