The Mexico Diary

Winold Reiss between Vogue Mexico and Harlem Renaissance. An Illustrated Trilingual Edition with Commentary and Musical Interpretation
WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
  • erschienen am 13. Juli 2016
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  • 244 Seiten
978-3-86821-594-6 (ISBN)
The German-American artist Winold Reiss (1886-1953)-painter, designer, teacher-has been characterized as "a modern Cellini," defying instant categorization and labels. To this day, he remains something of an enigma to art critics. Winold Reiss stands at the beginning of a new American Modernism approach to depicting the vitality of African American culture. In 1920, while struggling through a creative and personal crisis, he went on a two-month-long trip through Mexico. His diary offers a unique glimpse into the artist's mind and heart. Reading it in conjunction with his drawings helps us better understand the function of Mexican art, folklore, religiosity and the history of mestizaje in the context of the stylizations of the cultural space which James Weldon Johnson called "Black Manhattan."
The Mexico Diary makes Reiss's text available in the original German as well as in English and Spanish translations and interlinks it with his sketches and paintings. The book also features an audio CD with key parts of the diary set to music and performed by Jens Barnieck and Frank Mehring.

Winold Reiss's Mexico diary is a remarkable soliloquy of America's little known but hugely influential transnational visual artist. We see him traversing borders and breaking free of American materialism to a nature-based vision of New World spirituality. But we also learn that this premier multiculturalist was more successful embracing the New Negro and the New Mexico than the New Woman. In that, he reminds us of the breakthroughs and bugaboos of twentieth century modernism.
-Jeffrey C. Stewart
Professor & Chair at the Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Frank Mehring is at the forefront of scholars re-writing the history of American art by focusing on those artists who championed the racial diversity of the New World. In his Mexico Diary, Winold Reiss can be seen as a romantic and a realist: romantic in his rejection of European/American commercialism and realist in his understanding that native peoples have been profoundly influenced by values, religions, and markets that are both European and indigenous.
-Patricia Hills
Professor Emerita, Boston University
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  • Höhe: 21 cm
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  • Breite: 14.8 cm
  • 414 gr
978-3-86821-594-6 (9783868215946)

Acknowledgments ix

List of Illustrations xi

Foreword by Sydelle Rubin-Dienstfrey xv

Winold Reiss (1886-1953): A Selective Chronology of his Life and Work
by C. Ford Peatross with Renate Reiss xix

I. Introduction: The Mexico Diary-Winold Reiss between Vogue Mexico
and Harlem Renaissance 1

1. Remapping American Modernism 1
2. The Mexican Imagination in Germany 10
3. To Harlem via Mexico: The Mexico Diary 17
4. Confronting the Metropolitan Moloch 29
5. Mediating the Mexican Experience 37
6. Conclusion 46

II. The Mexico Diary of Winold Reiss 51

Note on the Diary Text 51
Mexico Diary Route: Map 52
Meine Reise durch Mexico
(Original German Version) 54
My Travels through Mexico
(English Translation) 91
Mi Viaje por México
(Spanish Translation) 125
Facsimile Prints of Select Diary Pages 163

III. Mexican Drawings and Paintings by Winold Reiss 171

Bibliography 209
Audio CD Vogue Mexico 215

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