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Political Graphics

The ASU Art Museum Jules Heller Print Collection and Study Room houses a large body of works that embrace social and political content. The museum owns significant holdings by Leopoldo Mendéz, a leader of the Taller Grafíca Popular, which published the prints of many political-activist artists during the period of the Mexican Revolution (1910) and in the decades that followed.

In 1992, the museum acquired examples of all the prints done to that time by Sue Coe. This established the museum as the archive of the artist's graphic production, virtually all of which is dedicated to presenting social and political conflicts.

The museum has significant holdings of the work of Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879) whose political satires appeared in newspapers La Caricature and Le Charivari. His unflattering commentaries on King Louis-Philippe were rewarded with a prison sentence, but even this censure did not stop his work. From his legacy, political satire continues in contemporary press with artists such as Paul Szep, Robbie Conal, Sue Coe, Peter Kuper and many others who are in the collection.

Another significant artist in the collection is Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746-1828), whose series Los Caprichos and Disasters of War are strong influences on graphic artists who take up specific Goya references in expressing their own social outrage.

Some other artists in the collection who address social/political issues in their artwork are William Hogarth, José Guadalupe Posada, Roberto Huezo, William Kentridge, Lorna Simpson, Los Carpinteros and José Angel Toirac.

As is the case with all the work in the print collection, these works will be included in exhibitions and are available for study in the museum.

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