Dreaming in Silver / Soñar en Plata: Silver Artists of Modern Mexico

Penny C. Morrill

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Sculptors, painters, and architects in 20th-century Mexico, working in silver, inspired unprecedented stylistic and technical experimentation. This dual-language English/Spanish compendium focuses primarily on threads of influence in the development of the modern Mexican silver industry. It covers the active artistic communities in Taxco and Mexico City, which had a major impact on silver designers, maestros, and silversmiths. Morrill helps us explore the materials, techniques, and design aesthetics of artists William Spratling, Héctor Aguilar, Margot Van Voorhies, Anna Morelli, and Matilde Poulat, together with a group of talented contemporary Mexican artists designing in silver. The artists' works were born out of a unique perspective, the challenge provided by the aesthetics of Mexican indigenous art. Forces like cubism, surrealism, primitivism, and abstraction were incorporated into a distinctly Mexican stylistic language. Researchers, curators, collectors, and art lovers will treasure this indispensible resource, demonstrating why Mexico has been and continues to be an exciting and nurturing setting for artists in silver.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 412 color and b/w images | 264 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356513

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Penny C. Morrill, PhD, has developed a history of modern Mexican silver, using primary sources. She participated in establishing the Sutherland Family William Spratling-Taxco Collection at Tulane University’s Latin American Library, and has assisted in the development of permanent modern Mexican silver collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Dr. Morrill’s books include Mexican Silver, Silver Masters of Mexico, the exhibit catalog Maestros de Plata, and Margot Van Voorhies. She also remains committed to supporting contemporary Mexican silver designers. Dr. Morrill’s other passion, colonial Mesoamerican art, is revealed in her monograph on a 16th-century urban palace in Puebla, Mexico, The Casa del Deán.