Sunday, November 6, 2016
Geeking Out in Bookstores in Oaxaca
I'm always on the hunt for copies of Arte de Mexico when I'm in Oaxaca. You'll usually find a rack in museum stores and bookstores. They are large magazine format with lots of pictures and essays from various intellectuals and artists and a few full page ads at the beginning and the end. Plus, joy of joys, there are English translations in the back. Each edition is devoted to a particular art form found in Mexico, from corn husk dolls to revolutionary art. You never know what you'll find. I was pretty excited when I was in the shop at Mt. Alban and came across this edition from 2001 focusing on ex votos, those folkiest of folk paintings thanking God for all varieties of miracles. On the March 2017 Art Immersion tour we're going to visit the church in Huayapan which has a great collection of ex votos just to tempt those ex votos fans amongst us, you know who you are. Come with us and make art and drink in all that Oaxaca has to offer this coming March.