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Cheech Marin's passion

Postby artist4perry » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:02 am

Cheech Marin is a promoter of Mexican art. I have one of his books about Hispanic art and it is wonderful.

The Smithsonian Latino Center recently honored Cheech Marin with a Legacy Award for his commitment to Chicano artists. He spoke with former magazine intern David Zax.

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Cheech Marin Gets High on Art

HOUSTON (By Rosemary Carstens, Hispanic News) April 5, 2009 — What pops into your mind when you hear the name Cheech Marin? The sidesplitting humor of a stoner smoking the biggest doobie you ever saw? Inspector Joe Domínguez cruising San Francisco in Nash Bridges’ über-cool, lemon-yellow Hemi Barracuda? Or do you chuckle at memories of Cheech as the debonair Ignacio Messina chasing Tyne Daly around the Judging Amy set?

Well, put all that on ice. Today, Cheech Marin is a man high on art. Throughout his years as an actor, comedian, musician, director, writer, and producer of Salsas Habañeras, he has been a serious connoisseur of Chicano art, with more than 300 pieces in his private collection. Now, Marin has inspired and created “Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge,” a highly acclaimed art exhibition that had its run in Houston in October through December 23.

Chicano Visions is a celebration of Chicano heritage—it is radiant, filled with life, and emblematic of a culture rich in history and heart. It is a Mexican American phenomenon that blends what is quintessentially Mexican with a dash of American seasoning and a splash of Latin attitude. The art that arises out of this heritage is as vibrant, as biting, as fresh pico de gtallo with extra jalapeño. As Cheech Marin puts it, “Chicano art is an experience, not a style.”

Viewed by an estimated 1.5 million people, the exhibit featured the work of many native Texans, such as César Martínez, whose artistic collaboration is renown far beyond the Southwest. Chicano Visions seeks to introduce a broader cross section of the American public to this unique school of American art, to demonstrate its dazzling interpretations of classic techniques and its more inclusive aesthetic of the human condition.

From its birth in the hot, sweaty grape fields of central California, where Carlos Almarez painted signs for the United Farm Workers, to the Gronk retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Marin says, “The Chicano school of painting has always been about reinterpreting a culture. It is at once diverse yet unified, profane and spiritual, traditional and avant-garde.” Many of the early artists have evolved from a strictly political agenda to work reflecting more personal concerns. Chicano art speaks volumes about what it is to be Latino in the United States. It is laughter, mariachi, opera, drama, food, love and sorrow. Like Cupid, it skids past rhetoric to penetrate the heart.
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