Leonard And Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende by John VirtueLeonard And Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende by John Virtue

Leonard And Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende

byJohn Virtue

Hardcover | October 25, 2001

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In 1947 Leonard and Reva Brooks left for Mexico where Leonard planned to study painting for a year. In Mexico they discovered a vibrant, sometimes even dangerous, society and a dynamic artistic community, unlike the mundane world they had left behind in Canada with its stale and unwelcoming artistic scene. Invigorated by their new environment Leonard and Reva ended up staying for over half a century, playing a key role in establishing San Miguel de Allende as a world-famous art colony. In this new biography, John Virtue chronicles the lives of these two important artists and offers an intimate look at these complex and creative people. Virtue describes how they were caught up in the McCarthy era of Communist witch hunts and blacklisted in the United States. He details their close friendships with luminary figures such as Marshall McLuhan, Earle Birney, and the Mexican art icon David Alfaro Siqueiros, as well as a host of others. As Leonard became a fixture in the Mexican art scene Reva's photography quickly garnered international recognition, applauded by photographers Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. In 1975 the San Francisco Museum of Art selected her as one of the top fifty female photographers of all time. With tales of deportations, shootouts, murder attempts, failures, and triumphs, Leonard and Reva Brooks is a biography of two creative people caught up in interesting times.
John Virtue is deputy director of the International Media Center, Florida International University, Miami."
Title:Leonard And Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de AllendeFormat:HardcoverPublished:October 25, 2001Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773522980

ISBN - 13:9780773522985


Editorial Reviews

"John Virtue reveals the fascinating story of how the deportation at gunpoint of American and Canadian art teachers from San Miguel de Allende at the start of the McCarthy witch hunts almost kept the Mexican town from becoming the international art center it is today." Andres Oppenheimer, author of Bordering on Chaos: Mexico's Roller-Coaster Journey Toward Prosperity "Virtue's extensive research into the lives of Leonard and Reva Brooks opens our eyes to the circle of Canadian artists who made their home in San Miguel, Mexico. The book is an excellent resource for students of Canadian art and culture and a timely record of a passing generation of artists." Anna Hudson, assistant curator, Canadian art, Art Gallery of Ontario