Art of Latin America, 1900-1980

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In the five centuries since the historic encounter between the civilizations of the Old and New Worlds, Latin America has spawned a rich and varied range of artistic expression. This diversity is precisely the challenge the late Marta Traba had to face in writing Art of Latin America 1900-1980, a comprehensive look at artists and artistic currents in the southern part of our hemisphere. One of Latin America's most prolific and eloquent art critics, Traba discusses Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Matta, ...
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In the five centuries since the historic encounter between the civilizations of the Old and New Worlds, Latin America has spawned a rich and varied range of artistic expression. This diversity is precisely the challenge the late Marta Traba had to face in writing Art of Latin America 1900-1980, a comprehensive look at artists and artistic currents in the southern part of our hemisphere. One of Latin America's most prolific and eloquent art critics, Traba discusses Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Matta, Fernando Botero, and more than 1,000 other artists in this text. She completed the work shortly before her 1983 death in a plane crash. Rich in insights, Art of Latin America, 1900-1980 is an invaluable volume for all students of Latin America. One of the book's strengths is Marta Traba's conviction that an art critic cannot write in a vacuum. She describes how economic, political and social forces influenced the evolution of modern art in Latin America. Thus, the Mexican Muralist Movement not only grew out of the values of the Mexican Revolution but also reflected a new attitude toward art stirred by modernist winds blowing in from Europe. At the time of the Muralist Movement, countries such as Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico that had welcomed considerable numbers of European immigrants became centers of lively experimentation in matters of form. In contrast, countries with larger Indian populations and which were less receptive to immigration - Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, for example - were more receptive to the political influence of Muralism, with its emphasis on indigenous peoples. Marta Traba was particularly well suited for this analysis of Latin American art. Born in Argentina in 1930, she studied art history in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Rome. At age 23, she went to Colombia, where she initiated her career as a critic and writer in all fields of arts and letters. By the time she came to the United States in 1979 to lecture by invitation at some of the n
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Traba (1930-1983) stood at the forefront of art criticism in Latin America and the Caribbean until her untimely death in a plane crash. Her writing and analysis are infused with passionate insight into art and artists as well as history and society. Written ten years ago, her last work is now published as a result of the efforts of individuals associated with the Art Museum of the Americas (it is her first to be translated into English). A substantial foreword by the ex-president of Colombia discusses Traba's extraordinary life and work. Abundantly illustrated. Paper edition (unseen), $29.95. Distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press. 9x11.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780940602731
  • Publisher: Inter-American Development Bank
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Inter-American Development Bank Ser.
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Ch. I Introduction 1
Ch. II Mexican Muralism: Accomplishment and Impact 13
Ch. III New Blood from the Avant-Garde 53
Ch. IV Decades of Change 83
Ch. V Newcomers and New Trends (1960-1980) 133
Artist Index 167
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