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Taxi Drivers against the Gold Shirts

A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper.

Date:

1940

Artist:

Alfredo Zalce
Mexican, 1908-2003

About this artwork

Zalce’s surrealistic image dramatizes the struggle between the political left and right in Mexico as well as, more symbolically, the clash between modernity and the past. Based on a well-known press photograph, it depicts an altercation in Mexico City’s main square in November 1935 in which the cab drivers’ union disrupted a mounted demonstration by the reactionary paramilitary group Acción Revolucionaria Mexicanista (the so-called Gold Shirts).

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La surreal imagen de Zalce es una dramatización de las luchas entre la izquierda y la derecha mexicanas así como, de manera más simbólica, del enfrentamiento entre la modernidad y el pasado. Basada en una conocida fotografía publicada en la prensa, en ella se muestra un altercado en el Zócalo de la Ciudad de México, ocurrido en noviembre de 1935, en el que el sindicato de taxistas interrumpió una manifestación a caballo del grupo paramilitar reaccionario Acción Revolucionaria Mexicanista (los llamados Camisas Doradas).

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Artist

Alfredo Zalce

Title

Taxi Drivers against the Gold Shirts

Origin

México

Date

1940

Medium

Lithograph in black on cream wove paper

Dimensions

255 x 320 mm (image); 441 x 500 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1944.857

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

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