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PICTURING THE PROLETARIAT: ARTISTS AND LABOR IN REVOLUTIONARY MEXICO, 1908-1940. John Lear. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2017. Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture. 356 pp. with 133 ills. (12 col.). 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9781477311509 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 173755. Publisher's description: In the wake of Mexico's revolution, artists played a fundamental role in constructing a national identity centered on working people and were hailed for their contributions to modern art. Picturing the Proletariat examines three aspects of this artistic legacy: the parallel paths of organized labor and artists' collectives, the relations among these groups and the state, and visual narratives of the worker. Showcasing forgotten works and neglected media, John Lear explores how artists and labor unions participated in a cycle of revolutionary transformation from 1908 through the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas (1934-1940). Lear shows how middle-class artists, radicalized by the revolution and the Communist Party, fortified the legacy of the pre-Revolutionary print artisan Jose Guadalupe Posada by incorporating modernist, avant-garde, and nationalist elements in ways that supported and challenged unions and the state. By 1940, the state undermined the autonomy of radical artists and unions, while preserving the image of both as partners of the "institutionalized revolution."
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Worldwide Number: 173756
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