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Women in Mexican Folk Art

Of Promises, Betrayals, Monsters, and Celebrities

Mexico is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary folk art, and the majority of its highly acclaimed pieces were created by women. Looking closely at eight types of Mexican folk art, including votive paintings, embroidered exvotos, cardboard Judas dolls, reproductions of Frida Kahlo’s paintings made of clay, and clay figures from Cumicho called alebrijes, this beautifully illustrated volume is one of the first to trace the role and effects of gender on both the objects of Mexican folk art and the knowledge and life experiences that lie behind them.

184 pages | 11 color plates, 86 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

Iberian and Latin American Studies

Art: Art--General Studies

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“Women’s studies professor Bartra writes provocatively and compellingly about the role of women artists in society. . . . Her documentation of Mexican women artists, a group generally ignored in art history scholarship, is important and necessary. . . . Bartra construct[s] the relevant critical structures by which readers can arrive at a fuller and fairer comprehension of the cultural roles and activities of women artists in their societies. Recommended.”

J. B. Wolford | Choice

Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword



Chapter One: Folk Art and some of its Myths

Chapter Two: Women and Votive Paintings

Chapter Three: Judas was not a Woman, but…

Chapter Four: Fantastic Art: Alebrijes and Ocumichos

Chapter Five: Frida Kahlo on a Visit to Ocotlán: ‘The Painting’s One Thing, the Clay’s Another’

Chapter Six: The Paintings on the Serapes of Teotitlán

Chapter Seven: From Humble Rag Dolls to Zapatistas

Chapter Eight: Embroiderers of Miracles





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