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announces Next exhibits focus on advertising and Jos6 .Posada's art FOR THE ISLANDER Coming off its first wildly successful blockbuster exhi- bition Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, the Catalina Island Museum looks to strengthen its relationship tO Southern California art enthu- siasts through two first-time exhibitions: "Jos6 Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico" and "Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Advertising Design." Posada is the first exhibi- tion of Mexican Art to be pre- sented on Catalina Island and Destination Paradise is mined from the museum's rarely seen or exhibited permanent collection. Jose Posada It was Diego Rivera who right- ly commented in 1930 "Posada ... so great that perhaps one day his name will be forgotten." Posada explores the profound influence of master engraver and etcher, Jos6 Guadalupe Posada on Mexican culture during his own lifetime (1852-1913) and his enduring impact upon arts and culture. Though often unrecognized by name, Posada's images-- especially those he created for Di~i de los Muertos--are widely recognizable. To this day, they are champi- oned, imitated and re-appropri- ated by artists and social change leaders. This year Los Angeles art institutions are exploring the relationship and impact between Latin America and Los Angeles through a series of exhibi- tions funded through the Getty Mu seum's Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative. Though self-funded, the Catalina Island Museum is contributing to this wide arching celebration of Latin American art in the Los Angeles area. With an estimated 20,000 images credited to his name, Posada is heralded as the most prolific of all Mexican art- ists. His imagery is celebrated as embodying the spirit of Mexico and changing the course of Latin American arts in a time when European and academic art movements were the norm. This timely exhibition brings together nearly 60 of the art- ist's most iconic images and is remarkable for its inclusion of rarely exhibited printing plates etched or engraved and signed by Posada himself, in addition, Posada explores the relatively unknown relationship between the artist and Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, Mexico City's most prominent publisher with whom Posada worked under, and col- laborated with, from 1889 until his death in 1913. This year, 2017, marks the 100th year since Vanegas Arroyo's death. Jos6 Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico comes to the Catalina Island Museum courtesy of The Posada Art Foundation, the largest col- Museum, Page 8 Ads such as the one pictured above have brought visitors to Catalina for more than a century. The Catalina Island Museum will showcase island promotions in "Destination Paradise: lOO Years of Catalina Island Advertising Design" starting in late December. Artworks courtesy of the CaUina Island Museum The artwork of Jos~ Guadalupe Posada remains influential. For this and other examples of Posada's work, visit the Catalina Island Museum exhibition "Jos6 Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Priotmaker of Mexico" between Dec. 23, 2017, and April 8, 2018. Advertising aimed at potential visitors to Catalina seems outdated, even politically incorrect, but was con- sidered perfectly appropriate at the time, as pictured above in this example from "Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Island Advertising Design." 301 and ID25 i(:ro cent Iglvenuo ENJOY TI-t.E ISLE IN STYLE SHORT SLEEVE OR LONG CUSTOMIZED free delivery in southern california THE CATALINA ISLANDE~ ................................................................................................................................................................................ Fridayl 6Ctl 6' 26~.7 5