Sarcófagos de Sennedjem. [Cover title.]
[n.p., Mexico City: El taller de Luis López-Loza, 1976]. One of thirty copies signed and numbered by the artist. Ten panels, unfolding to about 50 in. Six etchings with aquatint and carborundum print accents. Letterpress printed on Arches paper. Pencil gift inscription in, dated January 1977, to preliminary blank. Some offsetting from etchings. A near-fine copy. Accordion bound in yellow paper boards titled in black and printed with an illustration of the Sarcophagus of Sennedjem. 5 x 9 in. Item #17390
The etchings capture different perspectives on the Sarcophagus of Sennedjem, which was found in the necropolis of Deir el-Medina on the West Bank at Luxor in 1886. The sarcophagus itself features scenes from the Book of the Dead. Luis López Loza’s (b. 1939) designs recall bones and organs, rendered abstractly, as if the viewer were looking through the lid of the sarcophagus to the body inside.
López Loza is a Mexican painter, printer, sculptor, and scholar. He studied at the School of Painting and Sculpture (La Esmeralda) and at the Higher School of Applied Arts, both in Mexico City, and at the Pratt Graphic Art Center in New York. López Loza has been a prolific producer of avant-garde art since the 1960s, and has presented more than forty exhibitions in Latin America, the United States, Japan, Spain, and more. His many awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and a National Prize for the Arts and Sciences, awarded by the Mexican government, in 2010. His works can be found at the Art Institute, the MOMA, and many other institutions globally.