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South of the border : Mexico in the American imagination, 1917-1947

Author: James Oles; Marta Ferragut; Yale University. Art Gallery.
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Richly illustrated with works of both high culture and commercial kitsch - many of them never before reproduced - South of the Border revisits an era when Mexico captured the North American imagination. Between the final years of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17 and the immediate aftermath of World War II, dozens of U.S. painters and photographers flocked to Mexico, among them Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Marsden
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
In art Exhibitions
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Oles; Marta Ferragut; Yale University. Art Gallery.
ISBN: 1560982942 9781560982944 1560982950 9781560982951
OCLC Number: 27035875
Notes: English and Spanish.
Published in conjunction with an exhibition held September10, 1993-November 21, 1993 at the Yale University Art Gallery and others.
Description: xix, 296 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 29 cm.
Other Titles: Mexico in the American imagination, 1917-1947.
México en la imaginación Norteamericana, 1914-1947.
Responsibility: James Oles ; with an essay by Karen Cordero Reiman ; [translator, Marta Ferragut] = México en la imaginación Norteamericana, 1914-1947 / con un ensayo de Karen Cordero Reiman.

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Richly illustrated with works of both high culture and commercial kitsch - many of them never before reproduced - South of the Border revisits an era when Mexico captured the North American imagination. Between the final years of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17 and the immediate aftermath of World War II, dozens of U.S. painters and photographers flocked to Mexico, among them Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Marsden Hartley, Helen Levitt, Josef Albers, and Robert.

Motherwell. South of the Border reconsiders the work of these and other American artists, along with representative works of their Mexican contemporaries and examples of the vast quantities of commercial art - illustrated books and magazines, travel posters and postcards - and Mexican folk and tourist art that contributed to Americans' image of their neighbor to the south. Artists visiting or living in Mexico, Oles writes, were enthralled with the country's climate,

pre-Columbian heritage, and folk culture. Especially during the Great Depression, not only artists but the general American public as well saw in Mexico an appealing alternative to the pressures of industrial society. Some artists, including Winold Reiss, Thomas Handforth, and Doris Rosenthal, won acclaim for their depictions of a seemingly timeless rural life in Mexican villages. Others, among them Pablo O'Higgins, Elizabeth Catlett, and Robert Mallary, fired their work.

with politics, bringing the movement for social reform directly to the people through large murals and popular graphics. In a bilingual text - English and Spanish - that accompanies more than 180 illustrations, Oles describes these and many other U.S. artists drawn to Mexico, placing their work in its original political and cultural context. An accompanying essay by Karen Cordero Reiman reexamines the history of Mexican art from 1910 through 1950, providing a fresh.

interpretation of a period long obscured by nationalist discourse and the domination of muralism. Published in cooperation with the Yale University Art Gallery, South of the Border includes capsule biographies and selected bibliographies for many of the artists discussed in the text.

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