Latin American Women Artists of the United States: The Works of 33 Twentieth-Century Women

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This work examines the art of 33 Latina American artists and the manner in which these artists have merged Latino and Norte Americano cultures in their work. Juana Alicia, Leonora Arye, Santa Barraza, Pura Cruz, Linda Vallejo, Theresa Rosado, Joyce de Guatemala, and 26 other artists are included. A critical discussion of each artist is supplemented by photographs (some in color) and a list of exhibitions in which they have participated.

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Overview

This work examines the art of 33 Latina American artists and the manner in which these artists have merged Latino and Norte Americano cultures in their work. Juana Alicia, Leonora Arye, Santa Barraza, Pura Cruz, Linda Vallejo, Theresa Rosado, Joyce de Guatemala, and 26 other artists are included. A critical discussion of each artist is supplemented by photographs (some in color) and a list of exhibitions in which they have participated.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Contemporary Women Artists examines the lives and works of over 350 of "the world's most prominent and influential" contemporary women artists. Entries often begin with a photo of the artist, then offer condensed facts about her birth, schooling, lifestyle, art career, and awards. Lists of solo shows and publications provide especially useful guideposts to the careers. When available, a short artist's statement concludes the introductory material, and an up-to-date, critical assessment concludes every entry. The husband-and-wife coeditors, who have put together encyclopedias on numerous subjects, have guided their 110 contributors well in providing judicious and restrained commentary. How they went about selecting artists for inclusion is more problematic--no real explanation is provided, and parameters seem hard to define. Should "contemporary" be taken to mean 20th century, post-World War II, or post-1960? As the preponderance of entries are truly contemporary, why are Georgia O'Keeffe and Mary Cassatt included? In any case, this is a wonderful, stimulating, and surprisingly well-written volume. Highly recommended for the reference collections as an adjunct to the Dictionary of Women Artist (LJ 12/97), an LJ best-reference source covering women born before 1950. Henkes's much narrower book is visually arresting--the artworks are insightful, poignant, striking, and original. He discusses 33 meritorious Hispanic/ Chicana artists, from Juana Alicia to Bernadette Vigil (none of whom are to be found in Contemporary Women Artists). Henkes is experienced in art commentary, having produced at least five other reference titles on American art and artists in the last nine years, yet his style remains halting and unpolished. His preference for sacred art leads to writing that sometimes sounds more like homilies in Christian Dogma than objective art criticism, and he detects the sacred at least as an undercurrent in perhaps too many examples, even when the artist works with modernist abstractions. Still, art collections with a special interest in Hispanic or women's studies will appreciate this unique reference.--Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson Univ., MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
The sacred Catholic symbolism and murals pervading Latina art has added a vital dimension to American art. A retired professor of art living in Kalamazoo, MI showcases the diverse media and styles of artists from Juana Alicia to Bernadette Vigil via critical discussion, r<'e>sum<'e>s, and mostly b&w art photos gracing nearly every page. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Booklist
covers two underrepresented areas in art history, women's and Latin American art...well-written and illustrated...capture[s] the essence of the artist's work while giving important factual information...the bibliography and index are good resources...recommended
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440566
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 1,005,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Robert Henkes (1922-2002) was a painter, with exhibits in many galleries, and a teacher. He lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the author of several McFarland books.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
1 Juana Alicia 5
2 Nela Arias-Misson 12
3 Leonora Arye 19
4 Marta Ayala 26
5 Santa Barraza 33
6 Margo Consuela Bors 40
7 Maria Brito 47
8 Graciela Bustos 55
9 Pura Cruz 61
10 Elba Damast 68
11 Maritza Davila 76
12 Joyce de Guatemala 83
13 Dora de Larios 90
14 Aurora Dias-Jorgensen 97
15 Geny Dignac 104
16 Catalina Gonzalez 110
17 Liliana Wilson Grez 117
18 Carmen Herrera 122
19 Nora Chapa Mendoza 130
20 Ruth Gonzalez Mullen 136
21 Celia Alvarez Munoz 142
22 Elena Presser 148
23 Josefina Quezada 155
24 Elba Rivera 162
25 Anita Rodriguez 168
26 Patricia Rodriguez 175
27 Theresa Rosado 184
28 Soledad Salame 191
29 Fanny Sanin 197
30 Bibiana Suarez 205
31 Linda Vallejo 212
32 Kathy Vargas 219
33 Bernadette Vigil 227
Concluding Remarks 233
Bibliography 235
Index 239
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