Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics: Argentine Art in the Sixties / Edition 1

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The 1960s were heady years in Argentina. Visual artists, curators, and critics sought to fuse art and politics; to broaden the definition of art to encompass happenings and assemblages; and, above all, to achieve international recognition for new, cutting-edge Argentine art. A bestseller in Argentina, Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics is an examination of the 1960s as a brief historical moment when artists, institutions, and critics joined to promote an international identity for Argentina’s visual arts.

The renowned Argentine art historian and critic Andrea Giunta analyzes projects specifically designed to internationalize Argentina’s art and avant-garde during the 1960s: the importation of exhibitions of contemporary international art, the sending of Argentine artists abroad to study, the organization of prize competitions involving prestigious international art critics, and the export of exhibitions of Argentine art to Europe and the United States. She looks at the conditions that made these projects possible—not least the Alliance for Progress, a U.S. program of “exchange” and “cooperation” meant to prevent the spread of communism through Latin America in the wake of the Cuban Revolution—as well as the strategies formulated to promote them. She describes the influence of Romero Brest, prominent art critic, supporter of abstract art, and director of the Centro de Artes Visuales del Instituto Tocuato Di Tella (an experimental art center in Buenos Aires); various group programs such as Nueva Figuración and Arte Destructivo; and individual artists including Antonio Berni, Alberto Greco, León Ferrari, Marta Minujin, and Luis Felipe Noé. Giunta’s rich narrative illuminates the contentious postwar relationships between art and politics, Latin America and the United States, and local identity and global recognition.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Giunta carefully defines the polemics in transforming Buenos Aires into an internationally recognized center for artistic production and avant-garde culture. . . . Recommended.” - L. E. Carranza, Choice

“Giunta has done an admirable job of organizing information from myriad sources. Her close focus on the art world reflects the paradox of Argentine identity: are Argentinians Europeans stranded in the New World or creators of a new nation? They can’t decide, and neither can the country’s artists.” - Alfred Mac Adam, ArtNews

“Well written and thoroughly documented, this book is an invaluable tool for those interested in the evolution of contemporary art in Latin America (engulfed as it was in the love triangle Buenos Aires-Paris-New York). The choice of artists and images is superb. . . . Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics is not just a book about history, it offers a fascinating explanation of the current state of Argentine and Latin American art in the era of globalization.” - Georgina Jiménez, Latin American Review of Books

“Meticulously researched and engagingly written. . . .” - Robin Adèle Greeley, Oxford Art Journal

Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics is a precise and intelligent book. It is also profoundly original in its reconstruction of the public debate of the 1960s. Andrea Guinta has investigated the links between the artists and the revolutionary horizon, as well as those between the artists and establishment institutions. With this dual perspective, she follows in a fascinating way the processes of the internationalization of Latin American art. Her book is indispensable to understanding the political and aesthetic ideologies of the period.”—Beatriz Sarlo, author of Jorge Luis Borges: A Writer on the Edge

“Andrea Giunta is one of the sharpest minds working in the post–World War II cultural field anywhere, and Avant-Garde, Internationalism, and Politics is a work of amazing breadth, originality, and complexity. It touches on many facets of U.S. cultural life as well as on the many ways a Latin American country tried to find a suitable postwar identity in a ruthless historical moment. With this book, Giunta is redefining the parameters not only of art history in Argentina but of contemporary cultural discourses in general.”—Serge Guilbaut, author of How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War

“How can artists and institutions from peripheral countries participate in global conversations?Mexican muralists, Brazilian avant-gardists, and the São Paulo Biennale have done it. Yet none have done so with as sophisticated a strategy as those who remade the visual and multimedia arts scene in 1960s Buenos Aires. Offering the most thoroughly documented and innovative analysis of that period, Andrea Giunta eloquently renews Latin American art criticism.”—Néstor García Canclini

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822338932
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Series: Latin America Otherwise Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Giunta is a professor of art history at the Universidad de San Martín and an associate professor art history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is the author of Goeritz/Romero Brest: Correspondencias and the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Getty, and Guggenheim foundations.
Peter Kahn is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic American Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
About the Series     xi
Preface and Acknowledgments     xiii
Translator's Note     xvii
Abbreviations     xix
Introduction     1
Modern Art on the Margins of Peronism     25
Postwar Chronicle     26
The North American Invasion     31
Abstract Artists Between Communists and Liberals     33
The Platforms for the Displaced     36
The Official Policy Toward Art     39
The French Invasion     42
Controversies on Abstract Art     45
Between Peronism and Abstract Art: Coming to Terms     47
Ver y Estimar on the Ramparts of Modern Art     48
Proclamations and Programs During the Revolucion Libertadora     55
The Embassies of Art     59
A Revitalized Museum     64
A New Museum for the New Art     67
Boa, Phases, and the International Front of the Avant-Garde     70
Conflicting Internationalisms     81
The Exploration of Materials     85
The "New" Art Scene     91
Journal of a Collector     96
Coming Out in Society     101
The First InternationalExhibition     108
The 150th Anniversary Celebrations     112
A Plan for Success     113
The Avant-Garde as Problem     119
The Material Limits     125
The Art of "Things"     128
An Aesthetic of Violence     135
Argentines in Paris     143
Avant-Garde and Narration     151
The Total Art Object     158
The Decentering of the Modernist Paradigm     163
Suspending Judgment and Embracing Novelty     169
Other Genealogies for Modern Art     171
An All-Consuming Aesthetic     180
Strategies of Internationalization     189
The American Family     191
International Awards for National Recognition     198
The Circulating MOMA Exhibitions     208
1964: The Year of Recognition     210
Biennial and Anti-Biennial     221
The Culmination of Internationalism     227
The Aporias of Internationalism     233
The Avant-Garde Between Art and Politics     243
The Artist as Intellectual     246
A "Plastic" Crime     249
The Politics of Assemblage     256
The Avant-Garde Between the Two Boundaries      264
Art as a Collective and Violent Action     267
Conclusions     281
Notes     291
Bibliography     373
Index     397
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