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Gronk (A Ver: Revisioning Art History, Volume 1) Hardcover – January 25, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press; 1st edition (January 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895511053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895511058
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 7.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,094,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Benavidez was born in Los Angeles, earned a B.A. in Philosophy at UCLA and a Ph.D in new media from Claremont Graduate University. He was an on-air panelist and producer at KNBC-TV, a writer for the Los Angeles Times and now blogs for The Huffington Post. He also taught at UCLA and now teaches at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivas on March 25, 2007
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In recent years, Chicano art has received some of the respect long denied it by museums, critics and educators.

This did not happen without such diverse supporters as comedian Cheech Marin and Gary D. Keller, director of Bilingual Review/Press at Arizona State University. Through the publication of handsome, well-annotated books and the preparation of traveling exhibitions, they and others have encouraged this evolution of attitude and opinion.

Such advocacy continues. In 2002, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press established the book project "A Ver: Revisioning Art History," billed as the only series on Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and other U.S.-based Latino artists. The center's director, Chon Noriega, edits the series, which is distributed by the University of Minnesota Press.

The first book in the series is "Gronk" ($24.95 paperback; $60 hardcover with documentary DVD), a biography of the artist of that name by Max Benavidez, a Los Angeles writer and scholar. Through Benavidez's well-researched text, generously illustrated by Gronk's art and photographs from the artist's life, we come to understand not only the importance of his art but also the personal and historical events that inform his artistic vision.

Gronk was born in 1954 and grew up in East Los Angeles. Benavidez notes that this predominantly Mexican-American community was "a place literally and figuratively outside the mainstream." Residents suffered from government neglect, poverty, gang violence and drug abuse.

In this setting, Gronk was further marginalized when his father abandoned the family. Gronk was often left unattended at a young age because his mother had to work.
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