Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWrestling openly with problems of identity and alienation, Hispanic artists in the United States bring virtuoso skill, exuberant energy, social awareness and subversive humor to their work. Painters and sculptors who came here from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Central and South America work in a spectrum of mediums and styles, from surrealist fantasies to polychrome carvings. This important volume, which coincides with a traveling exhibition, makes visible a major body of art, a movement, that has been almost entirely ignored by the mainstream art establishment. Highlights include Martain Ramirez's remarkable colored drawings, which hover between sanity and madness; Carlos Almaraz's jarring, flamboyant nightmare visions; Felipe Archuleta's timeless animal sculptures. Paz's essay captures the Hispanic-American artist's ``double sense'' of participation and separation. (June 29)
Library Journal - Library JournalUntil recently Hispanic artists in the United States have generally been forced to work in isolation. In the 1970s they began to organize and to exhibit their work. Livingston and Beardsley, in this book printed to coincide with exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, have given us a timely introduction to Hispanic art. They illustrate its wide stylistic diversity, discuss its origins, and identify the influences that have shaped it. Paz, in his essay, delves into the concept of identity and its effect on Hispanic art and artists in this country. Brief biographical sketches of 30 Hispanic painters and sculptors round out this much-needed view of Hispanic art. Douglas G. Campbell, Humanities Dept., Warner Pacific Coll . , Portland, Ore.
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