"This is a wonderful book! It not only documents one of the great undocumented Mexican folk arts, but takes readers inside the world of the artists. I'm tempted to say the photographs are powerful enough to tell the story by themselves, but the text is just as good. Anyone interested in contemporary Mexican pop culture needs to see this."

—Elijah Wald, author of Narcocorrido and Escaping the Delta


Mexican Wall Painting:
Bardas De Baile
by Patricia Cué
Published by Ghost & Company

Throughout the twentieth century, renowned Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera used public and private walls to render the scale and drama of their largely political artistic visions. Mexican Wall Painting: Bardas de Baile identifies and explores another crucial role that walls serve in Mexico: advertising concerts by contemporary folk bands. Bardas de baile are a distinctive form of vernacular design that not only advertise concerts, but also embody core characteristics of Mexican national identity.

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