Downtown Muse Publishes New Cheech Marin Art Book

Image: “City at Night” by Frank Romero, 2010. Courtesy of Cheech Marin Collection.

Chicanitas book coverMany of you already know that I proudly work with Cheech Marin — I have worked side by side with him on many independent projects associated with his amazing Chicano art collection since 2003. We’ve worked together to produce the groundbreaking The Chicano Collection archival limited-edition print series (printed by none other than the master printer himself, Richard Duardo of Modern Multiples Fine Art Editions; sets from which have been donated to major museums across the country such as the Smithsonian, the DeYoung and LACMA), numerous museum exhibitions, a documentary film, several classical music concerts for his talented wife Natasha Marin, salons featuring artists and musicians, and other related arts and cultural projects. Since 2007, I have also researched, catalogued, photographed, and now manage his artworks.

I guess it seems now I have officially become an independent publisher as Downtown Muse through my Arts District-based firm CauseConnect. This Friday’s release through Amazon of Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection is our latest art book together featuring works that he selected for this publication and for our national exhibition tour. In 2007, I produced and edited his Papel Chicano art book, the winner of the 2008 “Best Design” International Latino Book Award. While I also served as the producer and editor of Chicanitas, this work represents my expanded role as an independent publisher as well. We have more planned … for example, in 2014, keep an eye out for a book featuring Cheech’s essays, which will reveal his unique and always humorous take on Chicano life and culture, accompanied by works specially selected from his collection to illustrate his words. I also have my own book scheduled for release later this fall.

Produced to accompany our nationally touring Chicanitas exhibition, the companion book includes 70 full-color images of small paintings by 27 artists, many from Los Angeles. For details and a tour schedule of the exhibition, visit www.CheechMarin.com/Chicanitas. To download a full press release, click HERE. To buy our book, keep scrolling!


BOOKSIGNING EVENTS: Want a signed book? Stay tuned for our full schedule of upcoming events in Los Angeles and other cities. For an updated list, stay tuned to my website or visit www.CheechMarin.com/Chicanitas.

ChimMaya-Logo-2009THU 10/3 @ 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
ChimMaya Gallery
5283 E. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Buy a pre-signed book in advance of the event at ChimMaya Gallery and get VIP treatment! The FIRST 75 people who purchase one or more books receive admittance to an exclusive reception with Cheech and some of the book’s featured artists Yolanda Gonzalez, Margaret Garcia, Cici Segura Gonzalez and Jose Lozano from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For details, call (323) 219-3260.


Okay, I did this obligatory plug for our book … so ORDER YOUR COPY OF CHICANITAS TODAY!




To purchase books, click the PayPal button above. You can also buy online on Amazon and through the Cheech Marin website in addition to my Downtown Muse.


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