Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Julian Martinez escultore

Since search engines are finally finding my website -- and I seem to be on hot-streak --- I think I'll press my luck --- and hope that someone, somewhere can connect me to more work by Julian Martinez --- the Mexican sculptor whose work I discovered on Michigan Avenue, here in Chicago, a few years ago.




This is the kind of dignified,public, history-as- mythology presence that American sculpture aimed for 100 years ago. Staid -- Ok -- it's staid --- but this little guy in the big coat doesn't feel small, weak, histrionic, or cartoonish. He feels sturdy, thoughtful, and full of public purpose. He completely dominates the dark, urban canyon into which he was dropped -- and I'd sure like to more of what Julian Martinez can do.




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In response to my above appeal, the owner of the maquette for a monument (in Segno Italy) to the 17th C. Jesuit missionary/explorer , Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, sent me the following pictures:




11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am in the process of checking out Julian Martinez myself, in the context of a sculpture project in El Paso. I found a reference to a monumental equestrian statue in Toluca, outside Mexico City, dedicated to Emiliano Zapata, in a newsletter relating to the El Paso monument project. Might be the same sculptor. I would be very interested in learning more about him if you find something... I am not a blogger yet (or am I now officially?), so I will check back on your page - hope that's okay.
Best from Germany,

Juliane

May 22, 2006  
Blogger chris miller said...

Hello Juliane -- please keep me posted on whatever you find -- I'm guessing that he holds some kind of academic position somewhere outside the U.S.

May 22, 2006  
Blogger andy said...

I have a 20" x 22" bronze "Father Kino" by Julian Martinez" I may wish to sell! andy@carecraft.net - 602-488-4141

June 06, 2006  
Anonymous marly said...

Really like the way you described this one, Chris. I might have walked by him and not noticed!

Your blog is a Picasso who comes along and tips the painting slightly askew, so that we will be sure to "see" it.

January 27, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

Well Marly --- you like to look at art -- you've got a camera -- and you write a whole bunch better'n me.

The next time you take a trip to the big city....

January 27, 2007  
Anonymous the lazy one said...

Hah!

I just said that I liked the way you wrote about it...

I did go to MOMA last time I was there, and I went to Mako Fujimura's studio, and was in on a rather private artist's tour of his current show. So that would have been the time to do it. Doubt that I'll ever have such a cluster of very special art invitations again.

Usually I'm just dashing from publisher to publisher, and then off to dinner and an event.

January 31, 2007  
Anonymous the lazy one said...

Hah!

I just said that I liked the way you wrote about it...

I did go to MOMA last time I was there, and I went to Mako Fujimura's studio, and was in on a private tour of another artist's current show. So that would have been the time to do it. Doubt that I'll ever have such a cluster of very special art invitations again.

Usually I'm just dashing from publisher to publisher, and then off to dinner and an event.

January 31, 2007  
Blogger temp said...

Wow, I know its been a 7 years since you posted this article but I was wondering if you ever found Julian Martinez? I have bronze statue by him, trying to learn more about it but I just can't find much information.

Many

June 01, 2013  
Blogger chris miller said...

More information has been posted here

June 01, 2013  
Blogger carptrash said...

Like so many, I am trying to track down what I can about Julian Martinez (Soto?). i "discovered" (Sort of like Columbus discovered America - It was always there but . . ....who knew?) him through his statue of Fr. kino in Phoenix. I am trying to write a short wikipedia article about him but am not getting much beyond a list of works in the United States. Did he die poor and unknown in 1981 as one source suggests and if so, why are so many of his works from after that? I won't go into my whole story until I know if after 7 years there is someone there. Einar

August 21, 2014  
Blogger Julián Enriquez said...

Hola yo conozco a Julián Martínez, conozco a todo su equipo para hacer estatuas monumentales y los conozco porque mi papá es su discípulo, corrección fue su discípulo. Ya falleció don Julián una pérdida enorme, perdimos a un gran artista. Si decean saber más de don Julián o de su equipo pueden contactarme por Facebook Julián Enriquez Saldivar o con el número 7224922300 o a mi teléfono celular 7225760997 whatsapp +52 7225670997 cuando fallece don Julián todo su equipo se reúne para ayudar a el escultor estadounidense Jon hauser para elaborar la estatua monumental que está en el paso Texas. Saludos.

January 14, 2016  

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