Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century: Fourteen Essays by Critics and Scholars

Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century: Fourteen Essays by Critics and Scholars

by Waldo Rasmussen

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As this exhilarating survey reveals, Latin American artists assimilated cubism, surrealism, expressionism and other currents, creating wholly new forms that juggled a modern internationalist sensibility with a concern for individual and national identity. Documenting a recent exhibition at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, 14 scholars and critics discuss the biting political and social pictures of Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, Colombian satirist Fernando Botero's inflated prelates and prostitutes, Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral's poetic reordering of industrialized urban reality, the Uruguayan Joaquin Torres-Garcia's metaphysical synthesis of European modernism and pre-Columbian images, and 90 other artists. Pop and conceptual art, assemblage, neofiguration, and kinetic and optical abstraction all take new directions here in works of passion, imagination and political consciousness. Rasmussen is director of MOMA's International Program. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This is the catalog for one of the most important exhibitions of Latin American art ever conceived. Rasmussen is the director of MoMA's International Program, which has played a significant role in the encouragement of artists from the Southern Hemisphere. His introduction is followed by essays from 14 distinguished scholars, including noted Latin Americanist Edward Sullivan, Fatima Bercht, and Charles Merewether. Their contributions range from a broad historical survey by Sullivan to entries on specific artists and movements. Key individuals, such as Armando Reveron, Xul Solar, and Tarsila do Amaral, receive substantial reevaluation. The Mexican muralists are also treated, but most interesting are those essays that identify trail-blazing contemporary artists. The forces of modernism in Latin American painting and sculpture are traced, with the aid of excellent reproductions, in meaningful historical terms. Essential for academic, research, and specialized art libraries.-- Paula A. Baxter, NYPL

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