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Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots (Economy Editions)by Anita Brenner
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Art critic, historian and journalist Anita Brenner (1905-1974) is acknowledged to be one of the most important and perceptive writers on the art, culture, and political history of Mexico. Idols Behind Altars is her influential historical and critical study of modern Mexican art and its roots. It was one of the first books to afford Mexican art the same serious considerations as European and Asian art and remains indispensable for anyone interested in the subject. The works of such major figures as Diego Rivera, Jóse Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Francisco Goitia and Jean Charlot are examined in the cultural context of pre-Columbian times through the 19th century. Brenner's astute analysis of Mexican history, her keen insights into revolutionary politics, and her passionate advocacy of Mexican art infuse this book with seminal importance. 117 illustrations — including some early photographs by Edward Weston — enhance the text.
Book News Annotation:
Featuring 118 b&w illustrations, this volume interprets modern Mexican art, tracing its roots to pre-Columbian times. Early chapters examine the region's intrinsic association between art and religion and the role of iconography in Mexican art. In the final section, Brenner (affiliation not cited) examines the return to native values in the work of artists such as Diego Rivera, Jos<'e> Clemente Orozco, and Jean Charlot. Originally published in 1929 (Payson & Clarke, New York). Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
- Lowest-priced edition available- Standard book size (53/16 X 81/4); excellent production quality- Enduring works of literature- Often required reading i n graduate and undergraduate courses
Critical study ranges from pre-Columbian times through the 20th century to explore Mexico's intrinsic association between art and religion; the role of iconography in Mexican art; and the return to native values. The works of such major figures as Diego Rivera, Jóse Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Francisco Goitia are examined. 118 black-and-white illustrations.
Critical study ranges from pre-Columbian times through the 20th century to explore Mexico's intrinsic association between art and religion; the role of iconography in Mexican art; and the return to native values. Unabridged reprint of the classic 1929 edition. 118 black-and-white illustrations.
Table of Contents
THE PYRAMID PLANTERS
THE WHITE REDEEMERS
"EARTH, STRAW, AND FLESH"
THE DARK MADONNA
THE REFORM OF PROVIDENCE
POSADA THE PROPHET
THE SYNDICATE OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS
DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS
JOSE CLEMENTE OROZCO
REVOLUTION AND RENASCENCE
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