Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation

Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation

by Luis Camnitzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 029271629X

ISBN-13: 9780292716292

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Conceptualism played a different role in Latin American art during the 1960s and 1970s than in Europe and the United States, where conceptualist artists predominantly sought to challenge the primacy of the art object and art institutions, as well as the commercialization of art. Latin American artists turned to conceptualism as a vehicle for radically questioning

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Conceptualism played a different role in Latin American art during the 1960s and 1970s than in Europe and the United States, where conceptualist artists predominantly sought to challenge the primacy of the art object and art institutions, as well as the commercialization of art. Latin American artists turned to conceptualism as a vehicle for radically questioning the very nature of art itself, as well as art's role in responding to societal needs and crises in conjunction with politics, poetry, and pedagogy. Because of this distinctive agenda, Latin American conceptualism must be viewed and understood in its own right, not as a derivative of Euroamerican models.

In this book, one of Latin America's foremost conceptualist artists, Luis Camnitzer, offers a firsthand account of conceptualism in Latin American art. Placing the evolution of conceptualism within the history Latin America, he explores conceptualism as a strategy, rather than a style, in Latin American culture. He shows how the roots of conceptualism reach back to the early nineteenth century in the work of Símon Rodríguez, Símon Bolívar's tutor. Camnitzer then follows conceptualism to the point where art crossed into politics, as with the Argentinian group Tucumán arde in 1968, and where politics crossed into art, as with the Tupamaro movement in Uruguay during the 1960s and early 1970s. Camnitzer concludes by investigating how, after 1970, conceptualist manifestations returned to the fold of more conventional art and describes some of the consequences that followed when art evolved from being a political tool to become what is known as "political art."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292716292
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Salpicón (Medley) and Compota (Sweetmeats): A Second Introduction
2. Agitation or Construction?
3. The Terms: "Indefinitions" and Differences
4. Conceptual Art and Conceptualism in Latin America
5. Simón Rodríguez
6. The Tupamaros
7. Tucumán arde: Politics in Art
8. The Aftermath of Tucumán arde
9. Figuration, Abstraction, and Meanings
10. The Intellectual Context
11. The Input of Pedagogy
12. The Importance of Literature
13. Poetry and Literature
14. The Markers of Latin American Conceptualism
15. Postpoetry
16. Postfiguration
17. Postpolitics
18. The Destruction and Survival of Locality
19. From Politics to Identity
20. Diaspora
21. The Historical Unfitting
22. From Politics into Spectacle and Beyond
23. Beyond Art

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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