SURREAL EDEN: Edward James & Las Pozas
Traces the trajectory of Edward James, the English surrealist, poet, patron of Dalí and Magritte, who created 'Las Pozas' - a homage to surrealism, on a swathe of rainforest in the mountains of Mexico. The story of how a frustrated artist attempts to build an earthly paradise and ends up creating an outstanding work of art.
Photographs by Sally Mann, Graciela Iturbide, Chris Rauschenberg & others.
"Surreal Eden does what many good art biographies and histories do: remind us of what gets forgotten and left out of 'official' canons."
"James's architectural art had no use beyond its own fantastic forms. It was both process and spectacle, and inspiration for inspiration."
- The New York Times
"A visually luscious book, the art writer ... Margaret Hooks provides a monument to James's fantastical life and works and a blueprint for his subconscious ..."
- Vogue Living
Also available in Spanish: Edward James y Las Pozas: Un sueno surrealista en la selva mexicana
"... hace lo que muchas buenas biografías e historias del arte hacen: nos recuerda lo que se ha olvidado y dejado fuera de los cánones 'oficiales'."
"El arte arquitectónico de James no tenía ninguna utilidad más allá de sus propias formas fantásticas. Era a la vez proceso y espectáculo, e inspiración para la inspiración."
- The New York Times
"Un libro gratísimo a la vista ... La escritora Margaret Hooks nos entrega un monumento a la fantástica vida y obra de James, así como un mapa que nos guía por su subconsciente."
- Vogue Living
Nominated for the ICP’S prestigious Infinity Award and a prize winner in the Kraszna-Kraus Book Awards. Now available in eight languages and in a softcover edition titled Tina Modotti: Radical Photographer.
"Tina Modotti's life had a great trajectory and Margaret Hooks traces that arc with grace ... This is a definitive biography."
-- Robin Lippincott, New York Times Book Review
"Riveting stuff about the beautiful, old-fashioned, romantic idealist whose purity of intention ruled her life ..."
-- Lesley Cunliffe, Vogue
"The gaps and ellipses in Tina Modotti's story have now been filled out by Margaret Hooks's carefully researched and fascinating biography ... a vivid picture of a Bohemian milieu in Mexico City in the twenties."
-- Laura Mulvey, The Guardian
FRIDA KAHLO: Portrait of an Icon
"... offers what is perhaps the most exciting Kahlo book since Bulfinch's Frida Kahlo in 2001 ... Hooks provides two essays to accompany the works. The first highlights the importance of photography in Kahlo's life ... and her art, while the second complements the photographs themselves, offering an extended and more detailed history of each. A stunning and unique addition to Kahlo and general art collections alike."
-- Library Journal
"This selection of superb gelatin silver prints constructs a narrative, from the first portrait in the book... to the last. The photographs all show her carefully crafted self-image, and are mesmerising works of enduring quality. The excellent text is by Margaret Hooks, an authority on Latin-American photography and the Mexican artistic milieu of the 1920s and '30s."
-- Kirkus Review
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