"A complete account of modern Mexican art."—Choice
"Harry Pollak and his wife, Sharley Woolover Stevens, amassed an extremely comprehensive collection of Mexican art. . . . Besides the numerous high-quality reproductions of many of the works in the collection, the book offers three essays: one on the collection itself and the history of its conception; an all-inclusive and, thus, ambitious essay on art in Mexico in the twentieth century; and, finally, an essay by Pollak himself on the ex votos that his wife lovingly collected."—ChoiceTravels in the Labyrinth: Mexican Art in the Pollak Collection is the catalogue of a private collection of representative works from a century of Mexican art by 46 painters and sculptors born between 1871 and 1940. A major portion of the collection will be exhibited in a show opening at the University of Pennsylvania's Arthur Ross Gallery. The exhibition will travel to other venues, including the Naples Museum of Art, Florida, and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.
The volume's 87 contemporary paintings, drawings, and sculpture include works by Los Tres Grandes, the three great Mexican artists of the twentieth century: Diego de Rivera, David Alfa Squires, and Joss Clement Oroszco. Also reproduced in full color are 19 ex votos—naïve works painted in oils on wood and dedicated to the patron saint responsible for delivering the subject from danger.
Contributing authors are freelance writer, curator, and modern art critic Marcia Corbino; artist and arts administrator Leslie Ahlander, who was the first curator of modern art at the Ringling Museum, Sarasota; and Harry Pollak, who, with his wife, the late Sharley Woolover Stevens, assembled the present collection of modern Mexican art. Dilys Winegrad is Director and Curator of the Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania.