Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals

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A beautifully illustrated in-depth study of the most important North American work by the best-known Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera.
Early in the Depression, Diego Rivera was commissioned by Edsel Ford to create a series of murals in the gallery of the Detroit Institute of Arts, giant frescos whose theme would be America's industrial might. This volume studies the astonishing results and gives us a remarkably close look at Diego and his wife, Frida Kahlo. Rivera's Detroit ...

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Overview

A beautifully illustrated in-depth study of the most important North American work by the best-known Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera.
Early in the Depression, Diego Rivera was commissioned by Edsel Ford to create a series of murals in the gallery of the Detroit Institute of Arts, giant frescos whose theme would be America's industrial might. This volume studies the astonishing results and gives us a remarkably close look at Diego and his wife, Frida Kahlo. Rivera's Detroit Industry murals are one of this country's greatest treasures. In addition to providing full coverage and analysis of the murals, this volume includes chapters on the murals' planning and antecedents, Rivera's working methods (which can be read as a primer on frescos), Diego and Frida's lives for their nine months in Detroit, and the public's dramatic response to the strong socialist/communist themes in the works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393045291
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,094,995
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bank Downs is an expert on Diego Rivera and head of education at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 8
Preface 11
Acknowledgments 17
Introduction 21
Ch. 1 The Commission 27
Ch. 2 The Fresco Process, Assistants, and Life in Detroit 37
Ch. 3 The Cosmology of Technology 65
Ch. 4 Interpreting Detroit Industry 165
Ch. 5 The Controversy 173
Epilogue 181
Notes 188
Bibliography 194
Photo Credits 197
Index 198
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