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Ana Mendieta: Earth Body [Hardcover]

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This major monograph, a comprehensive reconsideration of the brief life and career of Ana Mendieta, contextualizes the artist's work within its time and acknowledges her legacy on subsequent generations of artists. The Cuban-born American sculptor is celebrated for her earth-body works of the 1970s, sculptural interventions in the landscape that placed her body--or its haunting silhouette--in symbiotic relationship with nature. Using extracts from her films, original slide documentation, photography, and other archival material, this catalogue illustrates early performances from Mendieta's student days, as well as her more well-known Silueta Series made in Iowa and Mexico from 1973 to 1980. Earth-body works executed in Canada, Cuba, and the United States in the early 1980s, and select sculptures, drawings, and installations dating to the mid-80s will also be illustrated. This publication promises to be the definitive study of the artist's work.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 10.55" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   4.06 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 2, 2004
Publisher   Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN  3775713956  
ISBN13  9783775713955  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! OLGA VISO served as director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. before being named director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 2008. She is the author of several books on contemporary Latin American art. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

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Ana Mendieta - Artist to take note of.  Jan 18, 2008
This book fills a gap in the Art History of the 20th Century as it celebrates Ana Mendieta's life. Her work links several different aspects of art and therefor defies being categorized. The sculpture grows the female form in landscape in many unique and very beautiful ways. It is tough, fragile, compelling, poignant and challenging all at the same time and contributes to our knowledge and appreciation of our place in the world and the part that art plays to enrich and inform. As a working artist I admit to being more excited about her work than I have been for a long time. Although her life was tragically and violently cut short after only eighteen creative working years she is up with the trail blazing artists of this time. Olga Viso does her memory justice. I think that this is a terrific book.
Comprehensive study of the contemporary artist  Sep 28, 2004
Ana Mendieta was only in her early 40s when she died in 1985. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U. S. as a political refugee with her family when she was 12. Beginning in her artistic training at the U. of Iowa, she incorporated feminist and multicultural leanings into the conceptual art, land art, photography, and performance art she practiced with equal intensity and innovation. No matter what type of art she engaged in, Mendieta used her own body, or sometimes images or impressions of it, as a medium. With earth, blood, streams, shoreline, trees, and foliage, Mendieta meant to teach viewers about the close, intimate connection between a person's body and the natural world. With other art works, she makes statements about the savagery of rape and tyranny. No matter what point she means to convey or type of art she engages in, Mendieta's art is distinguished by its exceptional rawness. While the rawness is often inevitably provocative, it strikes one mostly as unaltered, immediate reality. The copious photographic record of Mendieta's art with essays by art experts who knew her or are familiar with her is a comprehensive appreciation of the short career of this artist who work both strikingly and complexly mixes artistic, political, and cultural elements of contemporary society.

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