From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-This clearly laid out book traces the social, political, and cultural events and traditions that have shaped Latino artists and their works. Exploring cultural and religious history as well as the function of identity as expressed in art, four chapters consider in turn the art of the Southwest santeros, Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans. Specific artists are singled out and highlighted in sidebars. Their work is analyzed and, when possible, the artists speak for themselves. It is in these first-person "interview" sections that the book most vividly comes to life. Most artists address the formative role of their traditional social milieu and the sense of difference from mainstream Anglo society, noting these as determinative elements in creating their unique styles. Frequent black-and-white illustrations and photographs of the artists extend the pedantic text, as do two sections of color plates. Aimed at an older audience than Harriet Rohmer's Just Like Me (Children's Book Pr., 1997), Latino Visions does much to elucidate the role of heritage in defining a worldview and an artistic response. This is certainly not pleasure reading, but it does provide a sound and comprehensive source of information on several aspects of Latino art.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
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--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Franklin Watts (March, 2001)