Comprised of three volumes, A Land So Remote is the most comprehensive visual document ever published of Spanish colonial art and frontier artifacts of New Mexico. Includes 842 color and numerous historic photographs spread over 848 pages. Many of these photographs are of rare and never before published objects from nine museums and numerous private collections.
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Larry Frank studied medieval art in Paris. Upon returning to the United States, he found that the counterpart that continued the tradition for him was the linear and stylized design of santos. He was a collector of santos for thirty-five years and was considered a leading authority on the subject.From Library Journal:
During the 19th century, the fervent gratitude New Mexicans felt for their deliverance from the difficulties of frontier life gave birth to a marvelous and exciting period of religious art, explored in the first two volumes of this three-volume set on frontier New Mexico. These two volumes (Religious Art of New Mexico, 1780-1907) cover the art of santos, retablos, and bultos, personal objects of worship drawn from medieval traditions that were more accessible than the official saints. In the home, they became like beloved members of the family, and they served an important social function as well. As Frank notes, "Rightly understood, santos are a kind of 'liberation theology' written in the language of wood, plaster, and paint, an understanding of Christianity that empowers the poor to free themselves from unjust socioeconomic and cultural structures in the larger world and within themselves." The third volume (Wooden Artifacts of Frontier New Mexico) covers wooden objects e.g., agricultural tools, tanning tools, furniture, toys, and games created in reaction to frontier needs and the lack of metal. These objects are often prime examples of cultural transference between Native Americans and Hispanics. Many of the images show rare works, not previously photographed, from nine museums and numerous private collections. With their extensive essays and careful selection of beautifully reproduced images, Frank (The New Kingdom of the Saints) and Miller (curator and director, Taos Historic Museums) make a major contribution to the field. Available as individual volumes and in a collectors' limited-edition boxed set, this is recommended for special and academic collections in art history, history of the Southwest, and Hispanic culture. Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis
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