Synopses & Reviews
offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Riveraandrsquo;s career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style. His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. Believing that art should be for the people, he created public murals in both the United States and Mexico, examples of which are included. The book contains a list of museums where you can see Riveraandrsquo;s art, a historical note, a glossary, and a bibliography.
Praise for Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People
andquot;With engaging prose that is beautifully illustrated with Diego Riveraandrsquo;s paintings and murals, this spacious volume introduces the great Mexican artist to young people. Accompanied by crisply reproduced color images of both the bright, minutely detailed murals as well as archival photos of the artist at work, the accessible account discusses how Diego constructed his art...andquot;
--Booklist, starred review
andquot;The stunning illustrations include images of Riveraandrsquo;s murals, his andldquo;cartoonandrdquo; drawings, reproductions of art that he found influential, and photographs. The design, with scrollwork along the top and bottom and an unusual placement of page numbers, exudes style. The text is clearly written, straightforward, and attention-grabbing, with a good number of quotes interspersed throughout.andquot;
--School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;A carefully researched, cogently argued and handsomely produced appreciation.andquot;
andquot;There is life to these pages, and breadth to its subject. Short enough to reward a wary reader but with enough context and clarity to bring Diego to life, Rubin takes a tricky guy for kids to know about and makes him precisely what he was: bigger than life.andquot;
--School Library Journal, Fuse 8 Blog
andquot;Enhanced by gorgeously reproduced photos and artwork, Rubinandrsquo;s account follows the Mexican artist from his early drawings andmdash; as a small child, he was given free rein in a room andldquo;covered with black canvas as high as he could reachandrdquo; andmdash; through his eventful, productive life.andquot;
--The Washington Post
andquot;Rubin traces Riveraandrsquo;s life from his emergent boyhood talent, through the formal studio education that left him restless and professionally unsatisfied, to realizing his calling to create massive public artworks for the common people, celebrating the dignity of their labor.andquot;
--Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#39;s Books
School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
Best Multicultural Childrenand#39;s Books 2013 (Center for the Study of Multicultural Childrenand#39;s Literature)
Notable Childrenand#39;s Books from ALSC 2014
Notable Books for a Global Society Book Award 2014
a JLG selection
andquot;An ingenuous way to present the two artists to a young adult reader.andquot;
andmdash;The New York Times
* andquot;A handsome biography that is both engaging and enlightening.andquot;
andmdash;Booklist, starred review
* andquot;Compelling reading for art lovers.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
* andquot;A well-rounded treatment of two giants of 20th-century art, this volume tracks the separate and combined trajectories of its subjectsandrsquo; lives and careers and allows for comparisons and contrasts.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;Reef tackles the unconventional love story head-on, with a candor that pulls no punches with its youth audience.andquot;
andldquo;Offers the most intimate insights into her life and working process . . . both Kahlo and Rivera shine forth from these domestic images.andrdquo;
andquot;A studied account of the innovative and impulsive fashion legend thatand#39;s likely to inspire budding designers of any age.andquot;
The life of the great Pop Art painter Roy Lichtenstein, illustrated with his most famous artworks.
In the newest of Abramsand#8217; award-winning line of picture book biographies of artists, Susan Goldman Rubin evocatively explores Roy Lichtensteinand#8217;s work and life and his groundbreaking influence on the art world. In Royand#8217;s long career as a teacher, artist, and innovator, he changed the way that people thought about art and how artists thought about their subjects, challenging people to see familiar sights with new eyes.
Classically trained in painting and drawing, Roy found inspiration from cartoons, newspaper comics, and childrenand#8217;s booksand#151;images most people didnand#8217;t consider and#147;seriousand#8221; art. He also chose to paint, in meticulous detail, the building blocks of paintingand#151;a single brushstroke or the back of a canvasand#151;drawing attention to the way that artists use these tools. Roy and the other Pop Artists, including Andy Warhol, broke down the rules about what makes proper subjects for fine art. In over a thousand paintings and numerous other works, Roy brought familiar images into new light and captured the imagination of the world. The book includes a bibliography, an index, and a list of museums where you can see Lichtensteinand#8217;s work.
In the first half of the 20th century, Mexico was home to a burgeoning of art comparable in energy to the political revolution that shook the country between 1910 and 1920. This surge of artistic activity is the subject of this compelling new book, which presents the work of Mexican artistsand#8212;from the social-realist painters Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros to the photographers Agustand#237;n Jimand#233;nez and Manuel and#193;lvarez Bravoand#8212;alongside that of their international contemporaries, figures as diverse as Philip Guston, Josef and Anni Albers, and Edward Burra.
Illustrated with some 150 striking images, Adrian Lockeand#8217;s incisive text explores the artistic documentation of the dramatic changes wrought by the revolution, the governmentand#8217;s role in employing artists to promote its reforms, the emergence of a native modernism, and the remarkable contribution of European and American artists and intellectuals, including Eisenstein, Trotsky, and Andrand#233; Breton, to Mexicoand#8217;s cultural renaissance.
In 1950, photographer Gisandegrave;le Freund embarked on a two-week trip to Mexico, but she wouldnandrsquo;t leave until two years later. There she met the legendary couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Welcomed into their home, she immersed herself in their private lives and the cultural and artistic diversity of the country, taking hundreds of photographs. These powerful photographs, among the last taken before Kahloandrsquo;s death, bear poignant witness to Fridaandrsquo;s beauty and talent.
Showcasing more than 100 of these rare images, many of which have never been published before, the book also includes previously unpublished commentary by Gisandegrave;le Freund about Frida Kahlo, texts by Kahloandrsquo;s biographer Gandeacute;rard de Cortanze and art historian Lorraine Audric, as well as a link to a previously unreleased color film, shot by Freund, showing Diego Rivera at work.
A lushly designedand#160;young adult biography exploring the tumultuous lives, marriage, and work of the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, illustrated with archival photos andand#160;full-color reproductions.
Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious, and politically volatile, the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their provocative paintings as well as for their deep love for each other. Their marriage was one of the most tumultuous and infamous in historyand#8212;filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution, and, above all, art that helped define the twentieth century.
Catherine Reef's inspiring and insightful dual biography features numerous archival photos and full-color reproductions of both artists' work. Endnotes, bibliography, timeline.
Shocking pinkandmdash;hot pink, as it is called todayandmdash;was the signature color of Elsa Schiaparelli (1890andndash;1973) and perhaps her greatest contribution to the fashion world. Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers in the early 20th century. Many design elements that are taken for granted today she created and brought to the forefront of fashion. She is credited with many firsts: trompe landrsquo;oeil sweaters with collars and bows knitted in; wedge heels; shoulder bags; and even the concept of a runway show for presenting collections. Hot Pink
andmdash;printed with a fifth color, hot pink!andmdash;explores Schiaparelliandrsquo;s childhood in Rome, her introduction to high fashion in Paris, and her swift rise to success collaborating with surrealist and cubist artists like Salvador Dalandiacute; and Jean Cocteau.
The book includes an authorandrsquo;s note, a list of museums and websites where you can find Schiaparelliandrsquo;s fashions, endnotes, a bibliography, and an index.
About the Author
Amy Novesky is a childrenand#8217;s book editor and the author of Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh. She lives with her family just north of the city that inspired Frida Kahlo, San Francisco.
David Diaz is the Caldecott Medaland#8211;winning illustrator of Smoky Night. He is also a three-time Pura Belprand#233; Honor recipient. He lives in Carlsbad, California.