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Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Yorba, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 0823003213 / ISBN 13: 9780823003211
Edité par Watson-Guptill Pubns, Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2001
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Profusely illustrated throughout with colour and b/w plates. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 505823

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Titre : Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian ...

Éditeur : Watson-Guptill Pubns, Lakewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 2001

Reliure : colour Illus Stiff Card

Etat du livre :Excellent

Etat de la jaquette : No Jacket Issued

Edition : First Edition.

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French flaps. Sun line on back cover. About 50 works. Exhibition catalog for one of eight exhibitions from the Smithsonian American Art Museum that toured the US in 2002. Color illustrations. Artists include Carlos Alfonzo, Maria Brito, Abelardo Morell, Ana Mendieta, Luis Tapia and others.

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Although often overshadowed by the National Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly the National Museum of American Art) possesses the largest collection of American artwork in the world. While its quarters in Washington's Old Patent Office Building are being renovated, 500 of its best objects are traveling to dozens of regional venues across the country. These catalogs represent half of the museum's eight thematic exhibitions. Each book is a carbon copy of its sister publications in format, tone, number of works, and level of detail or lack thereof. Each is a handheld version of the show itself and nothing more: there is no index or bibliography and only the slimmest of supplementary texts. After a paragraph of summary embedded in a boilerplate introductory essay, roughly 50 works are shown in large color plates and accompanied by a two-paragraph caption resembling what one could find in gallery wall labels. While sometimes straining to point out the obvious, these brief comments are nevertheless often piquant observations of each piece's aesthetic values. With such an exceptional collection to select from, the shows are curatorial tours de force. Modernism & Abstraction is an outstanding arrangement of 20th-century artwork with many landmark works by giants of the American avant-garde, while Arte Latino presents a great variety of style, media, and subject matter within a collection of mostly contemporary pieces by Latino-American artists. A good introduction to the genre, Contemporary Folk Art is an interesting potpourri of assemblages and paintings both na?ve and savvy. Scenes of American Life focuses almost exclusively on the lives of common citizens and is dominated by Depression-era paintings and murals. These works are nicely illustrated, but with little supportive text they can be recommended only for libraries not already owning the museum's 1995 or 1985 catalogs. Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L.
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