This is a comprehensive reference book to the lives and works of more than 12,700 artists and architects of the 19th and 20th centuries in Latin America (Mexico, Central America, South America) and the Caribbean. Entries include biographical information, stylistic notes, bibliographies, exhibitions, and museum collections. Color and black-and-white photographs supplement the entries and appendices list artists by country, exhibitions chronologically, museums, and galleries. A large general bibliography is included.
This biographical dictionary of Latin American and Caribbean artists focuses on the 20th century, though many 19th-century artists are also included. The artists represented work in a variety of media, and while relatively unknown outside their home countries, they exhibit regularly in gallery and museum shows as well as competitions. Shipp gathered names from gallery and museum directors, though he admits the difficulty in compiling biographical information, as published sources often conflict. Though this is the author's first foray in the art world (and his second reference for McFarland, after Rainforest Organizations), his use of personal correspondence with artists in almost 40 countries lends his work authority. The A-to-Z entries vary in length according to the size of the artist's oeuvre and the amount of information available. All entries include expected information such as birth date and place and artist's medium, and longer entries also feature biographical sketches, including education and influences, as well as lists of collections, exhibits, and titles. Typically, there is at least one bibliographical entry for each artist, though the list extends much longer for well-known artists. Two sets of plates (one black-and-white, one color), with a total of 89 reproductions, reveal the range in style and aesthetic among Latin American and Caribbean artists. The book's four useful appendixes include artists listed by country, a chronology of exhibitions, a list of art museums included in the entries, and a list of galleries in which the artists' exhibited works are shown. Given the sheer number of entries, the coverage outshines that of two recent references: Kristin Congdon's Artists from Latin American Cultures: A Biographical Dictionary and Kara Hallmark and Thomas Riggs's St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists: Profiles of Latino and Latin American Artists. A good starting point for further research, this is recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Rebecca Tolley-Stokes, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.