Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge

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Originating in the early seventies, Chicano art long remained unrecognised by the art and gallery world. This text features the work of 26 Chicano artists and marks the transition of this unique and exciting movement into the critical fold of contemporary art.

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Cheech Marin is the recipient of the 1999 National Council of La Raza Kraft Foods Alma Community Service Award and the 2000 Imagen Foundation's Creative Achievement Award. Marin is renowned for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, most recently co-starring in the network television series Nash Bridges. He is the visionary behind the exhibition, and is a third-generation Mexican American who holds the world's largest private collection of Chicano art. Marin is also an active participant in the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

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Marin is an art collector and community activist as well as a director and actor (one-half of the Cheech and Chong duo and costar of Nash Bridges) and a pioneer in recognizing the vibrancy and significance of Chicano art. The Chicano school began evolving 30 years ago as artists sought to combine traditional Mexican imagery, themes, and styles with American pop, and it is now the source for some of America's most evocative, animated, brilliantly hued, inventive, and gripping contemporary painting. Marin's extraordinary collection forms the foundation for this exciting and invaluable showcase for the spiritually powerful and aesthetically diverse work of 30 seminal artists, including John Valadez, Gronk, Diane Gamboa, Patssi Valdez, Adan Hernandez, and Carlos Almaraz. Gorgeous color plates are accompanied by brief artist bios, Marin's impassioned introduction, and illuminating essays by art critic Max Benavidez, who traces the political, social, and artistic roots of the Chicano sensibility; curator Tere Romo, who concentrates on Chicana artists; and art historian Constance Cortez, who discusses the concept of Aztlan, "a geographic and a symbolic locale" that inspires many Chicano painters. Sensuous, cosmic, or satirical, Chicano paintings reflect our symbiotic, bicultural world in all its conflicts and soulfulness, sorrows and beauty. Donna Seaman
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