Skeletons out of the closet: a tribute to José Guadalupe Posada

Yesterday I was lucky enough to visit the Casa de las Artes de San Agustin (CASA), located 17 km to the north of Oaxaca City. CASA is housed in an architecturally stunning building that once was home to a textile factory, but now  hosts a rotating array of artistic exhibitions.

The current exhibition is called ‘Artists dialogue with Posada’ and includes dozens of tributes to the great Mexican folk artist José Guadalupe Posada, in homage to his passing 100 years ago. Posada is best known for his drawings of calaveras (skulls) and the iconic Catrina image that is now so closely associated with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico.

The quality of artwork on display was so amazing that I wanted to share some pics with a wider audience (apologies that I do not have the names of the artists to include). You can judge for yourself – enjoy!

Faithful tribute to the classic Catrina image
Faithful tribute to the classic Catrina image
Painting
Painting
Title: The President with a Catrina. Looks suspiciously like current president Enrique Peña Nieto!
Title: The President with a Catrina. Looks suspiciously like current president Enrique Peña Nieto!

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Modern twist on an old classic!
Modern twist on an old classic!
Wood carving
Wood carving, including a Catrina and Posada himself
Title: Frontera (Border). Shows some of the horrors of the US-Mexico border and US culture as it encroaches on Mexico
Title: Frontera (Border). Shows some of the horrors of the US-Mexico border and US culture as it encroaches on Mexico. Click on the image to see more of the detail.

Welcome to USA

Bridge and groom skeletons
Bride and groom skeletons

Drawing

Skeletons

Narco calavera
Narco calavera
A fitting tribute to a legendary artist
A fitting tribute to a legendary artist
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