This new interpretive history of Mexican art from the Spanish Conquest to the early decades of the twenty-first century is the most comprehensive introduction to the subject in fifty years. It ranges widely across media and genres, offering new readings of painting, sculpture, architecture, prints, and photographs. Major works by such famous artists as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo are discussed, as are less familiar figures in history and landscape painting, muralism, and conceptual art.
The story of Mexican art is set in its rich historical context of political and social change. Recent scholarship was used to examine crucial issues of race, class, and gender, including the work of indigenous artists during the colonial period, and of women artists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.Both native and foreign-born artists, from Baroque architects to kinetic sculptors, are discussed and the important role played by Mexicans in the global art scene of the last five centuries is highlighted.
- 432 pages, 8 x 5-3/4 x 1 inches
- 276 illustrations, 249 in color