A visually stunning book depicting words and photographs the finest collection of Mexican folk art in the U.S.
In his foreword, former New York governor and vice president of the United States Nelson A. Rockefeller remembers his first trip to Mexico in 1933 and his subsequent, life-long fascination with the Mexican people and their popular art.
Rockefeller’s collection of more than 3,000 pieces of Mexican folk art is widely considered to be the most exceptional in the U.S., and Folk Treasures of Mexico celebrates these icons—created from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries—with more than 150 photos of the pieces, many of which are quite rare.
This updated edition of the long out-of-print book focusing on this stunning collection of Mexican folk art contains a new foreword by Rockefeller’s daughter, Ann Rockefeller Roberts, and a new prologue by Marion Oettinger, Jr., the director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, who wrote the principal text about the collection.
Oettinger describes the objects according to function: utilitarian, ceremonial, decorative, or for play. Among the many noteworthy objects are a wooden-carved centurion helmet mask from the eighteenth century depicting a Roman guard, which is one of the few remaining masks of this type in existence, and a nineteenth century ceramic pitcher from Oaxaca that combines many stylistic techniques. Other objects include a variety of children’s toys, clothing, and items for eating and drinking.
First published in 1990, the book also contains the original preface by Rockefeller’s daughter, who was instrumental in finding permanent homes for her father’s collection, which can now be found in the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco.
Including a glossary, bibliography, and chronology, Folk Treasures of Mexico is a must-read for anyone interested in Latin American art, culture, and history.
Praise for Folk Treasures of Mexico:
“Will captivate aficionados … a cornucopia of riches … celebrating the continuity of Mexican culture.”
“Beautifully photographed. The book outlines the nature, philosophy, history, and importance of the collection, which offers insights into the essence of the culture and society of the Mexican people.”
“Any good art book will tie art to the culture in which it is forged, and this book does so not only through storytelling but also through explanations of the objects related to their use in everyday life.”