CHICANO VISIONS: American Painters On the Verge - Cheech MarinBullfinch Press, 2002, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates ; Colour Drawings ; Essays by Max Benavidez, Constance Cortez & Tere Romo.
From the cover: “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge is the most comprehensive survey of a remarkably dynamic, and growing, body of work. The Chicano art movement was developed outside the national and international spotlights, mainly in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, San Antonio, and other cities in south Texas. Early on, when making a name for themselves in the 1970s, Chicano artists largely worked alone and without encouragement or acknowledgment from the art community. In time, a few important groups such as Los Four, Asco, and Con Safo created a sense of identity and cohesion. But it was city life — the barrio and the street itself — that provided the ultimate stimulus and common ground for these artists, who used city walls as their first “canvas”. In the past few decades, Chicano artists have emerged as powerful agents of change and drive. Figures such as Carlos Almaraz, Mel Casas, Carmen Lomas Garza, Gronk, Wayne Healy, Adan Hernandez, Leo Limon, Frank Romero, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, and Vincent Valdez are among the twenty-six artists showcased here; they are but a handful of the Chicano artists — overwhelmingly university or art-school trained — working in the United States today.
Cheech Marin, best known as an actor, performer, and philanthropist, is the country’s foremost collector of Chicano art. Over the years, Marin has not only actively worked to support Chicano artists but has become their friend and most ardent spokesperson. As he writes in the introduction, “With little commercial encouragement, these artists have struggled to gain acceptance in the gallery world. Many painters show their works in restaurants, coffeehouses, or wherever there is a wall and an audience. What matters is they continue to create. “ Now, through Marin’s efforts and those of many other individuals and institutions, these richly appealing works are available to the public in this landmark publication.
At the core of Chicano Visions is a portfolio of ninety-six stunning paintings, largely drawn from Marin’s own collection. Three essays by leading scholars in the field, an introduction and commentaries on the works by Cheech Marin, and biographies of the artists combine to make this an invaluable art and reference book.
Chicano Visions is supported by a major art and cultural exhibition that will travel to fifteen U. S. cities over a five-year period.”