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Chicano visions : American painters on the verge
Marin, Cheech.
Personal Author:
First North American edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bullfinch Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Exhibition catalog.

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ND238.M4 M37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Cheech Marin, well known for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, has long championed Chicano artists and been a collector of their work. This breakthrough publication will be available in both hardcover and paperback formats. The exhibition features Marin's collection of over 30 artists' work, and their paintings that depict Hispanic culture, religion, and politics with brilliant color and emotion. Incisive essays by leading scholars describe the origins of Chicano art. In the same way that Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo redefined our understanding and appreciation of Mexican art, Chicano artists such as Gronk, Patssi Valdez, and Carlos Almaraz are putting Chicano art on the cutting edge of contemporary art.

Author Notes

Cheech Marin has been a performer for 30 years. He holds the world's largest private collection of chicano art. He resides in California.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Marin is an art collector and community activist as well as a director and actor (one-half of the Cheech and Chong duo and costar of Nash Bridges) and a pioneer in recognizing the vibrancy and significance of Chicano art. The Chicano school began evolving 30 years ago as artists sought to combine traditional Mexican imagery, themes, and styles with American pop, and it is now the source for some of America's most evocative, animated, brilliantly hued, inventive, and gripping contemporary painting. Marin's extraordinary collection forms the foundation for this exciting and invaluable showcase for the spiritually powerful and aesthetically diverse work of 30 seminal artists, including John Valadez, Gronk, Diane Gamboa, Patssi Valdez, Adan Hernandez, and Carlos Almaraz. Gorgeous color plates are accompanied by brief artist bios, Marin's impassioned introduction, and illuminating essays by art critic Max Benavidez, who traces the political, social, and artistic roots of the Chicano sensibility; curator Tere Romo, who concentrates on Chicana artists; and art historian Constance Cortez, who discusses the concept of Aztlan, "a geographic and a symbolic locale" that inspires many Chicano painters. Sensuous, cosmic, or satirical, Chicano paintings reflect our symbiotic, bicultural world in all its conflicts and soulfulness, sorrows and beauty. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

It might be a challenge to think of a guy best known for enthusiastically inhaling (with Tommy Chong) as a serious art collector, but Marin has been acquiring paintings by Mexican-American artists for more than 20 years. Chicano Visions presents the work of 30 Chicano artists whose paintings will be exhibited at the Smithsonian and tour the country. The exhibition, which has major corporate sponsorship, is a breakthrough for a movement that has been largely excluded from museums and galleries, Marin notes. He defines the school as "a blending of influences-traditional Mexican and American Pop," and admires the spirit that drives these artists to show paintings "in restaurants, coffeehouses, or wherever there is a wall and an audience." There are 96 paintings in full color here, including Gronk's Hot Lips, a portrait in which a woman's large, loose curls of hair perfectly frame her title attribute, and Leo Limsn's "Mas Juegos," in which a nude, smoking woman reclines on an ordinary couch, but daydreams extraordinary things. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved