At the Pawnbrokers from Siqueiros: 13 Grabados
Maker and role
Artist: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican, 1896-1974
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Spratling arrived in the Mexican hill town of Taxco in 1929. He soon became a major figure in the rebirth of the Mexican silversmith industry. In 1930, Siqueiros was exiled from Mexico City to provincial Taxco’s prison. The silversmith and the artist/activist soon became friends and Spratling did indeed provide Siqueiros with woodblocks, ink, and paper to produce the present portfolio with Siqueiros’ impressions of life in prison. The foreword was written by Spratling in English and Spanish.
The collaboration between Spratling and Siqueiros eventually led to Spratling introducing the artist to influential American print dealer Carl Zigrosser. Zigrosser, director of the Weyhe Gallery in New York City, would later publish many of Siqueiros’ most important prints.