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Books on Mexican Art & Culture

The Maya: Voices in StoneTurner
Great Maya Cities of CampecheTurner
The Maya in CampecheTurner
Welcome Amigos to TijuanaRM/Conaculta/Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Images of Death in Mexican PrintsEditorial RM
Phyllis La Farge & Magdalena Caris: Painted Walls of MexicoTurner/A&R Press
Posada & Manilla: Illustrations for Mexican Fairy TalesRM
Frida KahloEditorial RM
Frida Kahlo: Her PhotosRM
Tomás Casademunt: Death on the AltarEditorial RM
Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente OrozcoThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
Posada: A Century of SkeletonsRM/BBVA
Tina ModottiSilvana Editoriale
Gloria Cortina: MexicoEditorial RM
Lola Álvarez Bravo and the Photography of an EraRM/Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

The Maya: Voices in StoneThe Maya: Voices in Stone

Published by Turner.
Edited by Alejandra Martínez de Velasco Cortina, María Elena Vega Villalobos. Text by David Stuart, Ana Luisa Izquierdo y de la Cueva, Lynneth S. Lowe Negrón, María Teresa Uriarte Castañeda, Tomás Pérez Suárez, Marciela Ayala Falcón, Alfonso Lacadena García-Gallo, Erik Velásquez García, Nikolai Grube, Ana García Barrios, María Elena Vega Villalobos, Jesús Galindo Trejo, Stanislaw Iwaniszewski, Robert Romero Sandoval, et al.

A gorgeously produced volume of over 500 pages, The Maya: Voices in Stone is a breathtaking visual appraisal of the enormous diversity of Mayan culture, buttressed by contributions from the leading contemporary scholars of classical Mayan culture, and covering Mayan art, writing, religion, rituals, social structures, government, architecture, warfare and geopolitical landscape. Objects found at various archaeological sites help to reconstruct the Maya’s customs, tracing the New World’s greatest civilization of antiquity through the classical period until the Spanish conquest and subsequent colonialism. With over 300 images, this is both a groundbreaking work of scholarship—archaeological, historical, sociological and anthropological—as well as a gorgeously illustrated sourcebook for the general reader. It also includes a Mayan area map, chronological chart, index, list of further reading, as well as various infographics throughout. An indispensable book for anyone approaching the rich, complex world of the ancient Maya and their artistic accomplishments, political organization, scientific advancement and many other aspects of this great civilization, it offers a new image of a living, vibrant people—with glories and miseries alike—that contrasts sharply with the idealized image of the Maya established by scholars in the first half of the 20th century. Alongside the magnificent sculpture and architecture, astounding scientific knowledge and sophisticated religion, we now also encounter the Mayan lust for power, conflict, war, social injustice, hunger and destruction. The Maya: Voices in Stone presents a fresh vision of the extraordinary Pre-Hispanic civilization.

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Great Maya Cities of CampecheGreat Maya Cities of Campeche

Homage to Román Piña Chán

Published by Turner.
Text by Antonio Benavides Castillo, et al.

This publication is a tribute to the work of Mexican archaeologist and anthropologist Román Piña Chán (1920–2001). Originally from the Campeche region in Mexico, Piña Chán devoted his life to researching pre-Columbian cultures, particularly Mayan cities and communities excavated in his home state.

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The Maya in CampecheThe Maya in Campeche

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Foreword by Fernando E. Ortega Bernés, Rafael Tovar y De Teresa, Carlos Vidal Angles. Text by Mario Humberto Ruz Sosa, Daniela Maldonado Cano, Briceida Cuevas Cob, Cessia Esther Chuc Uc, Ella Fanny Quintal Avilés, Fidencio Briceño Chel, María Jesús Cen Montuy.

Through photographs and population data, this publication provides an anthropological view of the Mayan habitants of the Campeche region in southeastern Mexico. It includes essays on the social organization of the communities, and their linguistic diversity.

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Clth, 11.5 x 13 in. / 262 pgs / 100 color.

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Welcome Amigos to TijuanaWelcome Amigos to Tijuana

Graffiti on the Border

Published by RM/Conaculta/Colegio de la Frontera Norte.
Text by José Valenzuela Arce, Jorge Sánchez.

This exuberant publication looks at graffiti and street calligraphy in Tijuana, Mexico, focusing on the city’s cross-cultural configuration of national identities and stereotypes, and the effects of the border on the artistic expression and imagination of the communities living on either side.

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Images of Death in Mexican PrintsImages of Death in Mexican Prints

Published by Editorial RM.
Foreword by Gregory Dechant. Text by Mercurio López Casillas.

Over the past two centuries, Mexican culture has kept up a unique dialogue with the fact of death, rather than defying it as most contemporary cultures are wont to do. Today, Mexico even boasts a Museum of Death (in Aguascalientes), filled with pre-Columbian sculpture and pottery, reproductions of ancient Indian codices depicting human sacrifices, colonial-era artworks, skeletons, artisan’s toys and works by the countless Modern artists who have treated the theme. It is, of course, in Mexico’s arts that the blend of respect and irreverence for death and the afterlife is made most clear. Here, Mercurio López Casillas, expert on nineteenth-century Mexican graphic art and the author of studies of José Guadalupe Posada and Manuel Manilla, surveys the subject from pre-Hispanic times to the comic pages of contemporary Mexican newspapers. López Casillas examines the long tradition of representing death and skeleton figures that leads up to Posada, and traces the influence of this great popular engraver in the work of many other twentieth-century artists, including those of the Taller de Gráfica Popular workshop, like Leopoldo Méndez. Readers of this richly illustrated book will also be fascinated by early colonial examples of calaveras, or skeleton caricatures. Images of Death is a colorful and lively deterrent against our habitual inclination to take the Grim Reaper too seriously. For enthusiasts of Mexican folk art, underground comics, tattoo art, the occult and more.

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Phyllis La Farge & Magdalena Caris: Painted Walls of MexicoPhyllis La Farge & Magdalena Caris: Painted Walls of Mexico

Published by Turner/A&R Press.
Foreword by Homero Ardis.

When author Phyllis La Farge and photographer Magdalena Caris recently took a journey from the city of Xalapa in the state of Veracruz to the town of Coatepec, they noted that on the facades of countless public and private buildings, improvised murals had been painted. The wit and exuberance of these wall paintings, whether commercial or simply decorative, suggested an urban visual lingo that could be traced to the ancestral murals of pre-Columbian Mexico, and La Farge and Caris decided that they deserved closer study. Somewhere between a scholarly investigation and a travel book, Painted Walls of Mexico documents these often anonymous interventions. As Homero Aridjis writes in the preface, "Painted Walls is not only an invaluable testimony to this undervalued art which is disappearing from our streets, but honors the unknown artists who, with humor and imagination but without the slightest recognition, convert the streets of their town into an open gallery."

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Paperback, 8.5 x 9.5 in. / 224 pgs / 175 color / 1 bw.

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Posada & Manilla: Illustrations for Mexican Fairy TalesPosada & Manilla: Illustrations for Mexican Fairy Tales

Published by RM.
Text by Mercurio Lopez Casillas.

The second half of the nineteenth century was, famously, a golden age for children's literature-in Mexico as well as in North America and Europe. José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913) and Manuel Manilla (1839-1895) are the two leading icons of children's illustration in Mexico, and together they developed a huge body of engravings and illustrations for cheap, ephemeral, "penny press" collections of Mexican fairy tales. In the early part of the last century, these fragile publications-once so ubiquitous and loved-received scant attention, until they were brought to a wider audience in the 1930s by the French artist Jean Charlot (who encountered them while visiting Diego Rivera). Published on the 100th anniversary of Posada's death, Illustrations for Mexican Fairy Tales gathers these vibrantly colorful works by both artists for the first time, many of which were done for the famous Mexican penny press publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. Affordably priced, and with a wealth of color reproductions throughout, this extremely giftworthy collection includes a facsimile reprint of one of Posada's most beautiful and acclaimed booklets as well as an essay by the respected curator, collector and writer Mercurio Lopez Casillas.

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Paperback, 7.5 x 9.25 in. / 112 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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Frida KahloFrida Kahlo

Published by Editorial RM.
Edited by Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera and Nadia Ugalde.

This richly illustrated exploration of the sources of Frida Kahlo's inspiration in Mexico's popular arts and folk traditions draws illuminating connections between Kahlo's highly personal creations and the aesthetic traditions that infused her early years: votive paintings, nineteenth-century studio photography (including that of her father Guillermo Kahlo), Catholic iconography, revolutionary corridos and the variegated productions of anonymous craftsmen. Readers will recognize Kahlo's centered parts and moustaches in Jose Maria Estrada's portraits and in anonymous Mexican Catholic paintings. They will see her cutaway, heart-on-sleeve self-portraits, in Jose Maria Velasco's nature studies and butterfly taxonomies. And everywhere they will find the tracks of Kahlo's life, particularly the accident that marred her teen years and the marriage that she described as the second major accident of her life--a passionate union with Mexican mural painter Diego Rivera, of which it has been said that "Each regarded the other as Mexico's greatest painter." Kahlo may or may not have been a Surrealist, and she may or may not have been an early variety of feminist artist or have had ideas about what later became feminism, but there is no denying that she is a star. The realist and Symbolist work whose heritage this book traces is known around the world. Texts by Nadia Ugalde and Juan Coronel Rivera also examine related issues such as the influence of Positivism on Frida's education and the roots of her "indigenist" outlook.

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Frida Kahlo: Her PhotosFrida Kahlo: Her Photos

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Edited by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. Text by James Oles, Horacio Fernandez, Masayo Nonaka, Laura González, Mauricio Ortíz, Gerardo Estrada, Rainer Huhle, Gaby Franger.

When Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera asked the poet Carlos Pellicer to turn her family home, the fabled Blue House, into a museum. Pellicer selected some paintings, drawings, photographs, books and ceramics, maintaining the space just as Kahlo and Rivera had arranged it to live and work in. The rest of the objects, clothing, documents, drawings and letters, as well as over 6,000 photographs collected by Kahlo over the course of her life, were put away in bathrooms that had been converted into storerooms. This incredible trove remained hidden for more than half a century, until, just a few years ago, these storerooms and wardrobes were opened up. Kahlo's photograph collection was a major revelation among these finds, a testimony to the tastes and interests of the famous couple, not only through the images themselves but also through the telling annotations inscribed upon them. Frida Kahlo: Her Photos allows us to speculate about Kahlo's and Rivera's likes and dislikes, and to document their family origins; it supplies a thrilling and hugely significant addition to our knowledge of Kahlo's life and work.

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Tomás Casademunt: Death on the AltarTomás Casademunt: Death on the Altar

Published by Editorial RM.
Text by Mercurio López Casillas.

There is the Day of the Dead that tourists see, and there is the Day of the Dead that is a lived ritual and a fact of life in Mexico--and it is the latter that the Spanish photojournalist Tomás Casademunt sets out to document in Death on the Altar. Casademunt's approach to this often misunderstood subject focuses on the altars that families assemble to remember and mourn the dead (rather than addressing any activity that attends them), and consequently his images are as humble and generous as the gestures they depict. Many of the shots of these domestic altars are frontal views, for Casademunt never attempts the spectacular shot, nor does he labor to insert himself into the tale. Like an ethnologist, he records a testimony without adding pictorial layers of sentiment or undue piety, so that what we get are intimate, ordinary atmospheres in which the sense of lived ritual is palpable and approachable and into which the viewer's intrusion is minimal. After seven years of explorations in villages in the states of Morelos, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Yucatán, Tlaxcala, Puebla and Guerrero, Tomás Casademunt has produced a group of photographs of great beauty and scale.

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Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente OrozcoDiego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Text by James Oles.

At the forefront of Mexico's social revolution in the first half of the twentieth century were three artists whose murals resonated throughout the Americas and beyond: José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. This volume looks at ten important works by these artists from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

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Posada: A Century of SkeletonsPosada: A Century of Skeletons

Published by RM/BBVA.
Text by Juan Villoro, Mercurio López, Helia Bonilla, Montserrat Gali, Rafael Barajas.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Posada’s death, A Century of Skeletons collects nearly 1,000 reproductions of original prints, including dozens of engravings never before published. Over the last century, Posada’s satirical illustrations with their signature "calaveras," or skeletons, have become synonymous with the imagery of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations. Often guised in various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the "Skull of the Female Dandy," Posada’s Calaveras also satirized the lifestyle of the Mexican upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz. His prints and lithographs utilize a distinctive blend of black, white and middle tones and his works in type metal, zinc and wood make dramatic use of proportion and disproportion. Reflecting on various aspects of Posada’s life and work, this volume contains essays by Juan Villoro, Helia Bonilla, Monserrat Galí and Rafael Barajas, as well as a study by Mercurio López that organizes a significant part of Posada’s work chronologically, and with regard to the printmaking techniques employed. It also includes two complementary sections: one examining the technical transition from lead to zinc in engraving and a second giving examples of the iconographical sources for Posada’s work.
José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) studied lithography as a young man and opened a commercial print shop in the 1870s, focusing on advertising, book illustration and broadsides. After the shop was destroyed in a flood, Posada relocated to Mexico City and began moving toward cheaper methods of printmaking. It was there that Posada began contributing his satirical cartoons to news flyers and periodicals, using his adept imagery to communicate with a largely illiterate public. Though he died virtually unknown, Posada has been acknowledged by Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco as the godfather of modern Mexican art.

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Tina ModottiTina Modotti

Published by Silvana Editoriale.
Edited by Dario Cimorelli, Riccardo Costantini. Text by Pino Cacucci, Marianna Figarella, Gianni Pignat.

Photographer, actress, political activist, writer and muse to artists such as Edward Weston and Diego Rivera, Tina Modotti (1896–1942) produced an astonishing body of work during her relatively brief photographic career. She was active for only nine years, from 1923 to 1932, at which point she turned her focus exclusively to political action. A vital participant in the cultural and political ferment of the Mexican Renaissance, Modotti was expelled from Mexico for her Communist affiliations, moved to Moscow, worked in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and eventually returned to Mexico under a pseudonym. Tina Modotti includes 100 of the artist's black-and-white photographs (presented here in exquisite four-color reproductions), and paints a vivid, multifaceted portrait of this extraordinary woman.

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Gloria Cortina: MexicoGloria Cortina: Mexico

Published by Editorial RM.

Mexican furniture, lighting and interior designer Gloria Cortina (born 1972) believes that design should be determined by an expression of culture and craft, not merely or primarily a brand identity. Her approach to design, shaped by the philosophies of Mexican masters such as Diego Rivera and Luis Barragán, seeks to consolidate European and modernist influences with Mexico’s own arts and crafts heritage in pieces characterized by luxurious materials like tropical wood, stone, textured metal and rich textiles. Instead of offering a conventional monographic survey of Cortina’s design, which consciously eludes easy branding, Gloria Cortina: Mexico seeks instead to present Cortina’s elegant and precise work through the ideas and concepts that have shaped it, connecting her pieces to an inherited Mexican culture and aesthetic as well as honoring the designer’s unique, sensual approach to material and form.

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Slip, Paperback, 10.5 x 15.5 in. / 292 pgs / 173 color.

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Lola Álvarez Bravo and the Photography of an EraLola Álvarez Bravo and the Photography of an Era

Published by RM/Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.
Text by James Oles, Adriana Zavala, Rachael Arauz, Deborah Dorotinsky, Ana Garduño, Karen Cordero, Cecilia Olivares, Cristóbal Andrés Jácome, Javier Vázquez et al.

Lola Álvarez Bravo was a pioneer of photomontage and a leading figure--along with Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Diego Rivera and others--in Mexico’s post-revolution cultural renaissance. Lola Álvarez Bravo and the Photography of an Era accompanies a touring exhibition presented at the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Tucson in Arizona, home of Álvarez Bravo’s archives. It gathers 100 photographs and includes her well-known portraits of Kahlo and Rivera as well as photographs only recently discovered in the González Rendón archive. The selection not only demonstrates the great richness of the material contained in the archive, but also throws new light on Álvarez Bravo’s working methods and provides a deeper understanding of the complexity of her career. The photographs convey her uses of Surrealism and photomontage (many examples of which are published here for the first time), as well as her mastery of various genres, from portraits of famous intellectuals and close friends to documentary images of urban and rural poverty in Mexico.
Born Dolores Martinez de Anda to wealthy parents in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, Lola Álvarez Bravo (1990–1993) was abandoned by her mother in her early youth; following her father’s death, in her teen years she was sent to live with the family of her half-brother in Mexico City. It was here that she met the young Manuel Alvarez Bravo, whom she married in 1925. She received her first commission in 1936, photographing the colonial choir stalls of a former church, and in 1951 she opened an art gallery and was the first person to exhibit the paintings of Frida Kahlo.

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