MacKinley Helm

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MacKinley Helm (born 1896; died 1963) was an American writer and collector.

Among his friends during this period were Ines Amor, Alfred Barr, Henry Klifford, Federico Cantú, [1], and William Spratling, which placed MacKinley Helm in a good position to write about these artists, and his book is now considered[by whom?] the best introduction to the art and artists of Mexico during the great artistic movements of the twenties and thirties.

Helm married Frances Lathrop Hammond (1894–1973).[1]


  • 1936: After Pentecost: a history of Christian ideas and institutions from Peter and Paul to Ignatius of Antioch. New York: Harper
  • 1941: Modern Mexican Painters. New York: Harper
  • 1942: Angel Mo' and her son, Roland Hayes. Boston: Little, Brown
  • 1946: A Matter of Love, and other baroque tales of the provinces. New York: Harper
  • 1948: John Marin. Boston: Pellegrini & Cudahy (reissued: New York: Kennedy; Da Capo Press, 1970)
  • 1948: Journeying through Mexico. Boston: Little, Brown
  • 1949: A Month of Sundays, and other baroque tales of the provinces. London: Harvill Press
  • 1953: Spring in Spain. London: Gollancz
  • 1953: Man of Fire; J. C. Orozco: an interpretative memoir. Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art
  • 1956: Fray Junipero Serra: the great walker. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press (play)
  • 1943: Story of Pipila


  1. ^ "James Madison Beebe". Retrieved 23 January 2011.