In New Book Jenness Cortez Reexamines the Classic Paradox of Realism


AVERILL PARK, N.Y.- AMI Publishers announces the release of a new book entitled, “Homage to the Creative Spirit: The Paintings of Jenness Cortez” by Baylor University art historian Dr. Karen Pope. Robert Yassin, former director of both the Indianapolis and Tucson Museums of Art, wrote the book foreword. For centuries artists have been challenging their intellects and skills by paying homage to the painters who preceded them. Today, Jenness Cortez has emerged as the twenty-first century’s most notable exponent of this facet of art history. Her masterful work gives Cortez solid footing in the colorful lineage of artists who have appropriated vintage images and woven them into their own distinctive, recognizable fabric. In this new book, Cortez reexamines the classic paradox of realism: the painting both as a “window” into an imagined space and as a physical object. Her work challenges the viewers’ intellectual curiosity an