Charles Barth: A Kaleidoscope of Culture

Forever fascinated by the color and culture of Mexico, Charles Barth: A Kaleidoscope of Culture captures the excitement of the country through depictions of its people and traditions in vibrant, richly detailed intaglio prints. Employing a variety of Mexican themes, Barth incorporates items and photographs collected over twenty-five years of traveling with his wife in Mexico. From collections of masks and costumes, he clothes his figures in an imagination that reflects the essence of Mexico. Many prints depict glimpses of Mexican daily life and festivals such as the Day of the Dead or the Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico. Other prints depict popular culture such as lucha libre or salsa dancing. Whatever the subject matter presented, color and detail combine to give the prints a life of their own. Places like Oaxaca, Mexico, can be magical and that magic is present in Barth’s work. Like most artists of Oaxaca, he is very much concerned with fantasy and storytelling. Above all, color is the key to Barth’s work. The colors, rich or gaudy, brilliant or garish, pulsating or flamboyant, contribute to the character of Mexico’s people, buildings and traditions. Vivacious colors activate Barth’s work with a seemingly glowing quality and provide the background for the exuberant way of life in Mexico.

Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9819933-0-0
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9819933-1-7
Published by James Snidle Fine Art Publishing
Text by Mary Jane Gagnier
Format: softcover and clothbound with dustjacket
Dimensions: 9” x 12”
116 page plus cover / 50 color plates
Publication year: 2009
Softcover: $18.95
Hardcover $26.95
Order number: softcover: FAP-102S / hardcover: FAP-102H

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