As any Mexican, or indeed anyone lucky enough to have visited the country, will tell you: in Mexico, you’re never very far away from public art. Whether it be the posters, the flyers or the great murals of Diego Rivera there is a vibrant tradition of shared art that some say has its origin in the Aztecs and the Incas. At Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Gallery an exhibition running until September 16, 2005 explores this colourful and intriguing phenomenon.
Billed as the ‘exhibitionary antidote to ever encroaching bland corporate international marketing’, Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics has already delighted audiences in Mexico, New York and California and is a comprehensive overview of this sometimes beguiling but always colourful world. From the devil selling licquor to a rotisserie chicken modelled on Mike Tyson the exhibition offers a look into a world where bastardised cartoon characters sell everything from tacos to tequila whilst masked men compete with bordello broads for the viewers’ attention.
Glasgow School of Art