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Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and its Cultural Roots

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Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and its Cultural Roots was written by Anita Brenner in 1929 and was reprinted

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. 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.

This book is featured in conjunction with LACMA's exhibition Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa - Art and Film. The Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907–1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico, its history, its landscape and its people.

- Softbound
- 432 pages, 8-1/2 x 5-1/3 x 2/3 inches
- 117 illustrations including some early photographs by Edward Weston
- 2002 reprint of 1929 edition

SKU #25635

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