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Latin American Masters presents Francisco Toledo: Selected Prints from 1970 - 2018. Printmaking has been an important means of expression for artists throughout history. Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, and the German Expressionists are among the many who influenced the evolution of art through their graphics. Mexico has an illustrious history of artist printmakers. The late Francisco Toledo created an extensive and influential body of work devoted to the graphic arts. Latin American Masters’ current exhibition features a selection of original graphic works from 1970 - 2018.
Francisco Toledo made his first prints in 1957, and from the beginning could see the possibilities of the medium. Toledo has mastered all of the classical graphic techniques. He has created a body of graphic work that, in size and expressive brilliance, is equaled by few living artists. His etchings, incised directly by Toledo in a copper plate, may have linear passages as fine as strands of hair, they may weave lyrically thru space or explode with gestural violence. If color is the key to Tamayo’s expressive world, Toledo’s is grounded in drawing. Although undoubtedly a great painter, ceramicist, and sculptor, printmaking remains Toledo’s first love. The act of incision, so central to the medium of printmaking, enriches his work in virtually all other media.