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Drawing of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

by Mexican Artist Raul Anguiano (Lithograph in GCC Study Room)

Drawing of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Image

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Books on Mexican Art


Mexican art masterpieces
by Burke, Marcus B

9780883635988Marcus B. BurkeMexican Art MasterpiecesMexico's art history has been evolving for more than 2000 years and modern Mexican art embodies elements and characteristics of centuries of indigenous art. Imbued with traces of ancient mysticism and combining both pagan and Christian beliefs, Mexican art is both visual and narrative in nature - as colourful and complex as the Mexican people themselves. This work showcases 48 pieces of Mexican art - ancient ceramic statues and mosaic masks from the Mayans and Aztecs, tomb facades and interior temple reliefs, feather pictures, monstrances, classically inspired painting by artists of the viceregal period including Baltasar de Echeve Orio and Juan Rodriguez Juarez, 19th century masterpieces by Obregon and Velasco, and 20th century favourites including works by Mexican muralist Rivera, Orozco, Kahlo and others - each accompanied by an essay revealing the complicated connections between Mexican politics, society and art. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - N6550 .B87 1998
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Mexican muralists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros
by Rochfort, Desmond

9780811819282765145019286Desmond RochfortMexican Muralists: Orozco, Rivera, SiqueirosLos tres grandes: Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Now legendary, these men have emerged as the most prominent figures of the famed Mexican mural movement, which lasted from the '20s through the early '70s and was hailed as the most significant achievement in public art of the 20th century. The dramatic story of the movement is told here in a fascinating history of the artists, accompanied by over 100 spectacular color reproductions of the murals. Showcasing popular as well aslesser-known works from around the US and Mexico, this is the first high-quality paperback to do justice to a subject that will captivate every lover of Mexican art and culture, Rivera fan, and art historian, as well as anyone who appreciates a beautiful, intelligent art book. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - ND2644 .R594 1998
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Mexican suite: a history of photography in Mexico
by Debroise, Olivier

9780292716117Olivier Debroise; Stella de Sá Rego (Translator, Editor); Stella de Sá Rego (Translator); Stella de Sá Rego (Editor)Mexican Suite: A History of Photography in Mexico Winner, Best History Book, Maine Photographic Workshops, 2001Western Books Exhibition,The Rounce Coffin Club The history of photography in Mexico was a largely untold story until the 1994 publication of Olivier Debroise's Fuga Mexicana, un recorrido por la fotografía en México. Based on ten years' research in public and private photographic archives in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, and Europe, Fuga Mexicana provided the first comprehensive survey of Mexican photography from the advent of the daguerreotype in 1839 to the present. Now this benchmark publication is available in English as Mexican Suite. Olivier Debroise and Stella de Sá Rego have revised this edition to include more current material and explanatory notes for an audience less familiar with Mexican history. They have also eliminated some of the general history of photography and added more of the early history of photography in Mexico, as well as many new, previously unpublished images.The book is organized both chronologically and thematically, which allows viewer/readers to follow the evolution of major photographic genres and styles. Debroise also examines the role of photography in the development of modern Mexico and the influence of prominent foreign photographers such as Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In its totality, Mexican Suite constitutes an extended essay on Mexican culture as a whole and on how this culture has been read, interpreted, and imagined. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - TR28 .D4313 2001
Mexican suite: a history of photography in Mexico Book Cover

The art of Mesoamerica: from Olmec to Aztec
by Miller, Mary Ellen

9780500203453Mary Ellen MillerThe Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to AztecThis essential guide to the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica succinctly and evocatively summarizes the artistic achievements of the high pre-Columbian civilizations -- Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Tolec, Aztec -- as well as those of their less well-known contemporaries. The pyramids and palaces, jades and brightly colored paintings emerge from these pages as vividly as when they first astonished Cortes's men in 1519.There was a surprising unity in Mesoamerican culture from Mexico to Honduras and from 1500 B.C. to the Spanish Conquest. Among many features shared were a 260-day ritual calendar and a preoccupation with gods representing natural forces. Current research also emphasizes the great importance of rites of kingship, including warfare and blood sacrifice.In this third edition, Mary Miller opens up new windows on the ancient past with fresh readings of works of art, all the while offering careful archaeological interpretations. Recent hieroglyphic decipherments provide insights into ancient art, spelling out long-distance connections between the Maya and their neighbors. Updated throughout, with special attention to evidence for dating, the new Art of Mesoamerica is the ideal companion for students and travelers. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - F1219.3.A7 M55 2001
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Devouring Frida: the art history and popular celebrity of Frida Kahlo
by Lindauer, Margaret A; Kahlo, Frida

9780819563484Margaret A. LindauerDevouring Frida: The Art History and Popular Celebrity of Frida KahloBeginning in the late 1970's Frida Kahlo achieved cult heroine status less for her richly surrealist self-portraits than by the popularization of the events of her tumultuous life. Her images were splashed across billboards magazine ads, and postcards; fashion designers copied the so-called "Frida" look in hairstyles and dress; and "Fridamania" even extended to T-shirts, jewelry, and nail polish. Margaret A. Lindauer argues that this mass market assimilation of Kahlo's identity has consistently detracted from appreciation of her work, leading instead to narrow interpretations based on "an entrenched narrative of suffering." While she agrees that Kahlo's political and feminist activism, her stormy marriage to fellow artist Diego Reviera, and the tragic reality of a progressively debilitated body did represent a biography colored by emotional and physical upheaval, she questions an "author-equals-the-work" critical tradition that assumes a :one-to-one association of life events to the meaning of a painting." In kahlo's case, Lindauer says, such assumptions created a devouring mythology, an iconization that separates us from rather than leads us to the real significance of the oeuvre. Accompanied by 26 illustrations and deep analysis of Kahlo's central themes, this provocative, semiotic study recontextualizes an important figure in art history at the same time it addresses key questions about the language of interpretation, the nature of veneration, and the truths within self-representation. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - ND259.K33 L56 1999
Devouring Frida: the art history and popular celebrity of Frida Kahlo Book Cover

Mexican Art Videos

The Walls of Mexico: Art and Architecture

This beautifully filmed program looks at the wall paintings of some of the most famous Mexican muralistsDiego Rivera, Juan OGorman, José Clemente Orozcoand at the work of Luis Barragán, one of the greatest Mexican architects of the 20th century. Their common medium is the wall. The muralists sought to return art to the people, by putting it on the walls of public buildings, just as it had been in the days of their Mayan forefathers. Barragán embraced a modernism imported from Europe, but developed a style that echoes with memories of ancient times. Both the muralists and Barragán used the wall to create something distinctively new and vital, but they all found their guiding force in the roots of Mexican art and culture, in traditions grounded in the pre-Columbian era.

Frida Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist

The works of Frida Kahlo, one of the 20th centurys most prominent artists, are included in museums and private collections the world over. This documentary incorporates archival material, readings from journals and letters, and interviews with friends and scholars to retrace the life and work of one of Mexicos most highly recognized painters.

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