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Miguel Covarrubias Book

Miguel Covarrubias Book

It’s turning out to be quite a year for aficionados of 20th century illustration. First there’s the upcoming Charley Harper volume (I saw the book in person last week and it is more amazing than I could ever describe). Now, there’s word of a new book being released in the US this month focusing entirely on Mexican illustrator Miguel Covarrubias, who was an influence on Al Hirschfeld and countless other caricaturists. The book—Miguel Covarrubias: 4 Visions—is a 224-page hardcover with over 300 color and b&w illustrations. According to the publisher, it is a “treasure trove of illustrative material covering every aspect of his work, from New York and Harlem through Bali and the South Seas to pre-Hispanic and twentieth-century Mexico.” The book is a steal on Amazon for under $30. Get a taste of Covarrubias’s work here.

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  • I heartily recommend this book. It was originally a companion piece to a multi-gallery (four, hence the “4 Visions” theme) exhibition of Covarrubias’ work that was shown a couple of years ago (and one I regret missing.)

    Thanks for featuring it!

  • I bought this book last month in Mexico – it is truly spectacular! – lots of early caricatures (including a nice one of Walt Disney) and quite a lot of drawings made in Harlem in the ’20s, and lots of “Ethnographic” drawings from Bali, etc. – an amazing artist!

  • Thanks for passing this info on, should be an awesome book and
    a long time coming. I have an older copy of an earlier book on
    Covarrubias that was published by the Smithsonian for the National
    Portrait Gallery in 1985.

  • I bought this book recently.It is the best book on Covarrubias since the long-out-of-print Smithsonian catalogue of 1983. Don’t miss this one!