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THE ARTISTIC ODYSSEY OF HIGINIO V. GONZALES: A TINSMITH AND POET IN TERRITORIAL NEW MEXICO. Maurice M. Dixon, Jr. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2015. 368 pp. with 120 ills. (95 col.). 29 x 23 cm. LC 2015-14110 ISBN 9780806151373 In English; poems by the artist bilingual in Spanish and English.
Publisher's description: Higinio V. Gonzales (1842-1921) was more than a gifted metalworker. A man of varied talents whose poems and songs complement his work in punched tin, Gonzales transcends categorization. In "The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales," Maurice M. Dixon, Jr., who has spent more than thirty years studying New Mexico tinwork, describes the artist's signature techniques. Featuring translations of Gonzales's poetry, this book restores a long-forgotten New Mexican innovator to the prominence he deserves. Recounting the scholarly detective work that revealed the full scope of Gonzales's art and career, Dixon tells the story of a craftsman who was also a poet. He begins with Gonzales's first signed literary work, a handwritten birthday poem decorated with beautifully drawn flowers and birds, dated 1889, and then pieces together the artist's life and career. Through meticulous research into manuscripts and the dates of tin cans that Gonzales repurposed into elegant, fanciful frames, niches, sconces, and religious decorations, Dixon identifies as Gonzales's numerous pieces of poetry and tinwork once attributed to anonymous poets and artists.
Artist(s):Gonzales, Higinio V.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Metalwork — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art, Other American Minority Artists
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 167748
Hardcover $34.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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