My Art, My Life: An Autobiography [NOOK Book]

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A richly revealing document offering many telling insights into the mind and heart of a giant of 20th-century art. "There is no lack of exciting material. A lover at nine, a cannibal at 18, by his own account, Rivera was prodigiously productive of art and controversy." — San Francisco Chronicle. 21 halftones.
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My Art, My Life: An Autobiography

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Overview


A richly revealing document offering many telling insights into the mind and heart of a giant of 20th-century art. "There is no lack of exciting material. A lover at nine, a cannibal at 18, by his own account, Rivera was prodigiously productive of art and controversy." — San Francisco Chronicle. 21 halftones.
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Recently reprinted for a new generation of readers, Diego Rivera's groundbreaking 1960 autobiography is a telling study of a man driven to expose the plight of his people through art. Ambitious and principled in his professional life, Rivera's personal life was sometimes troubled, as his unconventional relationship with his wife, artist Frida Kahlo, attests to. A vivid portrait of an artist's intellectual, spiritual, and artistic evolution.
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A reprint of the Citadel Press original of 1960 (on acid-free paper). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486139098
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/29/2012
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 538,480
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gladys March
"GEOGRAPHICAL, GENEALOGICAL"
TALE OF A GOAT AND A MOUSE
THE THREE OLD GENTLEMEN WELCOME THE NEW ICONOCLAST
MY THREE AMBITIONS
I BEGIN TO DRAW
WE MOVE TO MEXICO CITY
SCHOOLS
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE OF LOVE
THE BEGINNING AND END OF A MILITARY CAREER
AT THE SAN CARLOS SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
THREE EARLY MASTERS
POSADA
PRE-CONQUEST ART
AN EXPERIMENT IN CANNIBALISM
MY FIRST GRANT
MURILLO ATL
PASSAGE OF ANGER
MY SPANISH FRIENDS
DESOLATE LANDSCAPES
CHECKBOOKS IN MY FINGERS
ART STUDENT IN PARIS
PRIVATE PROPERTY
NO MORE CÉZANNES
THE SUN WORSHIPPERS OF BRUGES
BEGGARS IN TOP HATS
A QUALIFIED SUCCESS
WHERE I WAS IN 1910
HOMECOMING!
A WITCHCRAFT CURE
REVOLUTIONARY WITH A PAINTBOX
A PLOT TO KILL DÍAZ
DEHESA
SEA DUTY
REUNION WITH ANGELINE
PICASSO
WAR
YOUR PAINTING IS LIKE THE OTHERS'!
MARIEVNA
AN END AND A BEGINNING
IN ITALY
I AM REBORN: 1921
LUPE
AN APPARITION OF FRIDA
THE MEXICAN RENAISSANCE
THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CHAPINGO
HITLER
STALIN
MOSCOW SKETCHES
AN INSPIRATION
H.P.
THE ASSASSINATION OF JULIO MELLA
I AM EXPELLED FROM THE PARTY
CUERNAVACA
FRIDA BECOMES MY WIFE
A BID TO PAINT IN THE SAN FRANCISCO STOCK EXCHANGE
ONE-MAN SHOW IN THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
A VISIT WITH HENRY FORD
THE BATTLE OF DETROIT
FRIDA'S TRAGEDY
HOLOCAUST IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER
RECONSTRUCTION
THE NAZIS LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH ME
PANI LOSES AN EYE
AN INVITATION FROM MUSSOLINI
FRIDA: TRIUMPH AND ANGUISH
TROTSKY
THE ENORMOUS NECKTIE
A VISIT WITH CHARLIE CHAPLIN
A SALUTE BY THE U. S. NAVY
TROTSKY AGAIN?DEAD
A SECOND TIME WITH FRIDA
MORE POPULAR THAN WENDELL WILLKIE
"PIN-UPS, SALOON STYLE"
A HOME FOR MY IDOLS
A SUNDAY IN ALAMEDA PARK
CARDINAL DOUGHERTY DEFENDS
AFTERMATHS
UNDERWATER
ANOTHER STORM
CANCER
YET ANOTHER STORM
FRIDA DIES
EMMA?I AM HERE STILL
"Appendix: Statements by Angeline Belloff, Lupe Marín, Frida Kahlo, and Emma Hurtado"
Index
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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    My Art, My Life: an autobiography by Diego Rivera has been under

    My Art, My Life: an autobiography by Diego Rivera has been underestimated in Art history. There is one reviewer who claims that  there is fantasy in the book, when he talks about cannibalism, witchcraft, offensive treatment of religion etc. but I don't see why those details of his biography may not be true.
     According to Rivera's biography, he was raised by a woman from a primitive culture ( as his mother had lost her emotional stability after the death on one of her children. Being raised according to a primitive culture may explained some of his irrational way of looking at reality.
     That he was a member of the Communist party was no secret, just like Picasso, Diego Rivera's mentor in Paris, was also a member of the communist party.
     
     The book reveals an important dimension of the artist that has been ignore by art historians, and that is the fact that Diego Rivera was already a famous, well known cubist painter  during the Cubist craze.
     The book explains how Rivera turned his back on his Cubist success when he embraced Communism and from that ideology, he developed his vision as a muralist, art for the people, instead of art for the elite groups.
     Ironically, it was  some of the richest americans who supported his communist art, among them Henry Ford and Rockefeller.
     Rivera's involvement with the Communist party explains his treatment of religion and the church, it goes without saying.
    The Mural revolution, ironically aimed at breaking walls between social classes and races, predating the Civil right movement in the USA. This explains the artist's  relationship with world leaders.
    , artists and women, his adventures in Europe, the United States and Mexico. For a book that small in size, the great source of Art history in it is an inspired  work of art in itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Yea its preatty cool, and light reading

    My Art, My Life: An Autobiography written by Diego River and Gladys March is really a moving novel. The book was actually the result of a newspaper interview that grew into a series of interviews over many years. Beginning in 1944 and continuing until Rivera¿s death in 1957 Gladys March spent a whole lot of time each year collecting over 2000 pages of notes that eventually formed the basis of this book. Although the book is an autobiography it is actually both factual and fantasy. He talks about his experiment in cannibalism, witchcraft, his offensive treatment of religion and the church, the communist party, his relationships with world leaders, artists and women, his adventures in Europe, the United States and Mexico, his troubles and ills, and in general the things that made his life as large as his physical presence.

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