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

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

by Robert Henkes
     
 

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This work examines the art of 33 Latin American artists and the manner in which these artists have merged their Latin and Norte Americano cultures in their work. Juana Alicia, Leonora Arye, Santa Barraza, Joyce de Guatemala, and 29 other Latin American artists are included. A critical discussion of the work of each artist is supplemented by photographs (some in color)… See more details below

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This work examines the art of 33 Latin American artists and the manner in which these artists have merged their Latin and Norte Americano cultures in their work. Juana Alicia, Leonora Arye, Santa Barraza, Joyce de Guatemala, and 29 other Latin American artists are included. A critical discussion of the work of each artist is supplemented by photographs (some in color) of many works and a compilation of exhibitions in which they have participated.

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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)
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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
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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