Another sneaky lunchtime cultural escape from an otherwise shitty day at work: to the British Museum for the 'Revolution on Paper - Mexican Prints 1910-60' exhibition. It's a small (and free) two-room show but very powerful.
The combination of print-making and radicalism personally makes this a must-see. I knew something about Diego Riveira and Freida Kallo but the other artists - mostly members of the TGP - the People's Graphic Workshop - were new to me.
I was struck by a couple of things - the essentially democratic and populist nature of the work of these graphic artists - posters, leaflets and murals, as opposed to the essentially intellectual and private nature of 'fine art'. And the uniquely Mexican nature of their styles - combining European trends of surrealism and futurism with folk traditions.
And whilst I also like the classic early Soviet graphics I can't really see them working as tattoo's - on the other hand some of this Mexican stuff would be perfect ...