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The Mexican Muralists in the United States.

The Mexican Muralists in the United States. Laurance P. Hurlburt. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1989. 32.0 pps., illustrated, hardbound, $45.00.

Laurance Hurlburt provides the interested reader with a well-illustrated and scholarly publication centering around murals created in the United States by the famed Mexican muralists, Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Siqneiros. Special attention is focused on Orozco's murals at Dartmouth College, Rivera's automotive industry mural at the Detroit Institute of Art, and Siqueiros' influential Experimental Workshop in New York.

The passage of time has lessened the political implications of their art, but the bold aesthetic and fervent resolution toward public art by this trio of muralists continues steadfast. Orozco summed up this belief in 1929:

The highest, the most logical, the

purest and strongest form of painting

is the mural. In this form alone

is it one with the other arts--with

all the others. It is, too, the most

disinterested form, for it cannot be

made a matter of private gain, it

cannot be hidden away for the

benefit of a certain privileged few. It

is for the people. It is for ALL.

A valuable and unique book, whether for multicultural, sociological or art historical purposes.
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Title Annotation:Resource Center
Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1990
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