Synopses & Reviews
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.
Highlights the work of more than thirty Chicano artists in a volume that is largely drawn from Marin's own art collection, and includes essays by leading scholars on the history and development of Chicano art.
Marin's collection of Chicano art--notable as the largest of its kind--is showcased in a blockbuster touring exhibition and is now a landmark book. 96 full-color illustrations.
Originating in the early seventies, Chicano art long remained unrecognised by the art and gallery world. This text features the work of 26 Chicano artists and marks the transition of this unique and exciting movement into the critical fold of contemporary art.
About the Author
Cheech Marin is the recipient of the 1999 National Council of La Raza Kraft Foods Alma Community Service Award and the 2000 Imagen Foundation's Creative Achievement Award. Marin is renowned for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, most recently co-starring in the network television series Nash Bridges. He is the visionary behind the exhibition, and is a third-generation Mexican American who holds the world's largest private collection of Chicano art. Marin is also an active participant in the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.