×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge
     

Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge

5.0 1
by Cheech Marin, Max Benavidez, Constance Cortez, Tere Romo
 
Cheech Marin, well known for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, has long championed Chicano artists and been a collector of their work. This breakthrough publication will be available in both hardcover and paperback formats. The exhibition features Marin's collection of over 30 artists' work, and their paintings that depict

Overview

Cheech Marin, well known for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, has long championed Chicano artists and been a collector of their work. This breakthrough publication will be available in both hardcover and paperback formats. The exhibition features Marin's collection of over 30 artists' work, and their paintings that depict Hispanic culture, religion, and politics with brilliant color and emotion. Incisive essays by leading scholars describe the origins of Chicano art. In the same way that Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo redefined our understanding and appreciation of Mexican art, Chicano artists such as Gronk, Patssi Valdez, and Carlos Almaraz are putting Chicano art on the cutting edge of contemporary art.

Author Biography: Cheech Marin is the recipient of the 1999 National Council of La Raza Kraft Foods Alma Community Service Award, and the 2000 Imagen Foundation's Creative Achievement Award. A performer for 30 years, most recently in Nash Bridges and formerly of Cheech and Chong fame, Marin holds the world's largest private collection of Chicano art. He resides in California.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It might be a challenge to think of a guy best known for enthusiastically inhaling (with Tommy Chong) as a serious art collector, but Marin has been acquiring paintings by Mexican-American artists for more than 20 years. Chicano Visions presents the work of 30 Chicano artists whose paintings will be exhibited at the Smithsonian and tour the country. The exhibition, which has major corporate sponsorship, is a breakthrough for a movement that has been largely excluded from museums and galleries, Marin notes. He defines the school as "a blending of influences-traditional Mexican and American Pop," and admires the spirit that drives these artists to show paintings "in restaurants, coffeehouses, or wherever there is a wall and an audience." There are 96 paintings in full color here, including Gronk's Hot Lips, a portrait in which a woman's large, loose curls of hair perfectly frame her title attribute, and Leo Limon's "Mas Juegos," in which a nude, smoking woman reclines on an ordinary couch, but daydreams extraordinary things. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821228050
Publisher:
Bulfinch
Publication date:
09/23/2002
Edition description:
1ST NORTH
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chicano Visions

American Painters on the Verge
By Cheech Marin

Bulfinch Press

Copyright © 2002 Cheech Marin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0821228056


Introduction

THE CHICANO SCHOOL OF PAINTINO

The first time I stood in front of a Chicano painting-it was George Yepes's Amor amatizado-I had the same feeling as when I first heard a tune by the Beatles. It was a sense of experiencing something very familiar and very new. The Beatles had built their music on the backs of their rock 'n roll heroes, but their interpretation was fresh and distinctive. As the Beatles started writing their own songs, their own roots were clearly evident, and yet they were moving beyond the influences around them to create a whole new musical landscape. The same can be said about my appreciation of Chicano painters: The more art I looked at and thought about, the more that initial feeling of something new and "known" was reinforced, and with it a recognition of something powerful at work.

Having been self-educated in art from an early age (I was probably in the fifth or sixth grade), I recognized the various models from which the Chicano artists drew inspiration: Impressionism, Expressionism, the Mexican Mural Movement, Photorealism, Retablo painting, are all examples. But the common link of course was the central "influence" common to all the artists-they were Chicanos andlooked at the world through Chicano eyes. Over time, this so-called common link begat something broader and more important. A much larger picture was emerging, and that picture was a new school of art in formation.

If a school can be defined as a place where people can come to learn, exchange ideas, have multiple views and different approaches to the same subject, and influence each other as they agree and disagree, then a Chicano School of Painting more than qualifies for such a definition. What distinguishes this body of work is of course not simply that it has no interest in rehashing the familiar landmarks of Impressionism, say, or abstraction or pattern & decoration. Nor is this art whose mandate is a reaction against other stylistic precedents in the history of art. Rather, it is a visual interpretation of a shared culture that unfolds in one distinctive painting after another.

The art movement developed outside of the national or international spotlight, and in separate locations, notably Los Angeles and San Antonio. In its earliest days, three decades ago, this was a movement that developed organically, with little communication among the artists. What bound them together was the DNA of common shared experience. Yes, there were a few important groups (Con Safo, Royal Chicano Air Force, Los Four, and Asco), but in general many of the artists shown in these pages never even met before their work was collected in the exhibition "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge." With little commercial encouragement, these artists have struggled to gain acceptance in the gallery world. Many painters show their works in restaurants, coffeehouses, or wherever there is a wall and an audience. What matters is that they continue to create.

Overwhelmingly university or art-school trained, these artists were exposed to art history and major contemporary world art trends in addition to the constant and surrounding influence of Mexican art and culture. Indeed, it is this blending of influences-traditional Mexican and American Pop-that defines the school. Simultaneously naive and sophisticated, the art mirrors the artists' own

experience of a bicultural environment. Chicanos "code switch" amongst themselves all the time: they go back and forth almost at random between languages and cultures both spoken and visual. Code switching allows for total immersion, the creation of a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Going into its fourth generation of artists, the school continues to grow without losing its essential characteristic-the visual interpretation of the Chicano experience. Whatever the means-historical, political, spiritual, emotional, humorous-these painters each find a unique way to express their singular point of view. And just as Chicanos have been influenced by their predecessors, so now they exert an influence on American pop culture. From hip-hop dress to the predominance of salsa as the number one condiment-over ketchup!-the Latin experience is not just recognized as something "interesting," a "colorful sidelight," but as one of the main threads that makes up America's cultural fabric.

In the end, however, it is the lone art lover standing in front of a great painting with his jaw dropped, transported to a place both timeless and immediate, that provides the ultimate validation for this new movement in art. For more than twenty years, Chicano painters have done that for me. I pass along this world with love and affection, y con amor, carino y besos.

-Cheech Marin San Francisco, 2002

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Chicano Visions by Cheech Marin Copyright © 2002 by Cheech Marin
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Meet the Author

Cheech Marin is the recipient of the 1999 National Council of La Raza Kraft Foods Alma Community Service Award and the 2000 Imagen Foundation's Creative Achievement Award. Marin is renowned for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, most recently co-starring in the network television series Nash Bridges. He is the visionary behind the exhibition, and is a third-generation Mexican American who holds the world's largest private collection of Chicano art. Marin is also an active participant in the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews