Chicano Visions by Cheech Marin
American Painters on the Verge

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Cheech Marin, well known for his three decades of work as a comedian, actor, director, and musician, has long championed Chicano artists and been a collector of their work. This breakthrough publication will be available in both hardcover and paperback formats. The exhibition features Marin's collection of over 30 artists' work, and their paintings that depict Hispanic culture, religion, and politics with brilliant color and emotion. Incisive essays by leading scholars describe the origins of Chicano art. In the same way that Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo redefined our understanding and appreciation of Mexican art, Chicano artists such as Gronk, Patssi Valdez, and Carlos Almaraz are putting Chicano art on the cutting edge 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.
 
Published October 1, 2002 by Bulfinch. 160 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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He defines the school as ""a blending of influences-traditional Mexican and American Pop,"" and admires the spirit that drives these artists to show paintings ""in restaurants, coffeehouses, or wherever there is a wall and an audience."" There are 96 paintings in full color here, including Gronk'...

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Cheech Marin discusses his collection of Chicano art in the traveling exhibition, "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge," which is on view in the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building.

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