New Tendencies In Mexican Art

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The decade of the 1990s was one of the most turbulent periods in recent Mexican history marked by political assassinations, the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, the signing of NAFTA, a catastrophic economic crisis, and the defeat of the PRI after seventy years of one-party rule. How did art respond to these events? To answer this question, Gallo examines some of the most radical artistic experiments produced in this period, from Daniela Rossell?s photographs of Mexican millionaires to Teresa Margolles?s ...

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Overview

The decade of the 1990s was one of the most turbulent periods in recent Mexican history marked by political assassinations, the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, the signing of NAFTA, a catastrophic economic crisis, and the defeat of the PRI after seventy years of one-party rule. How did art respond to these events? To answer this question, Gallo examines some of the most radical artistic experiments produced in this period, from Daniela Rossell’s photographs of Mexican millionaires to Teresa Margolles’s manipulations of human remains, from Santiago Sierra’s controversial work with human subjects to Vicente Razo’s creation of a Salinas museum.

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"'New Tendencies in Mexican Art: The l990s' is an immensely engaging book that combines innovative art criticism with the recent social and cultural history of Mexico. Avoiding conventional categories of art criticism, Gallo examines a dazzling array of art works through the prisms of 'orientalism,' 'voyeurism,' 'radiophonism,' 'urbanism,' and 'institutionalism.' Written in an entertaining style, 'New Tendencies' is not only informative but path-breaking." —Jean Franco, Emeritus, Columbia University

"A subtle, lively and generous account of Mexico seen through the eyes of its artistic vanguard. The ode to radio, radio-listeners and Mexico City traffic alone would be worth the price of admission."—Alma Guillermoprieto

"For Ruben Gallo, a brilliant Mexican intellectual, the most natural (and necessary) approach is to incorporate into his essays equal doses of cultural criticism, media studies, literary analysis, and the certitude that one must constantly transform the canon. This book is a demonstration of his reading methods."—Carlos Monsiváis, cultural critic and author of Mexican Postcards

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Meet the Author

Ruben Gallo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, where he teaches courses on media, modernity, and the avant-garde in Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Setting the Stage: Latin American Art of the 1990s
• Photography: Alfredo Jaar
• Installation Art: Javier Tellez (I, II)
• Part II: New Tendencies in Mexican Art
• Tendencies
• Orientalism (I, II)
• Perversions
• The City
• Mexican Photography from Chiapas to Fifth Avenue
• Part III: The Artists
• Daniela Rossell
• Eduardo Abaroa *Inaki Bonillas
• Stefan Bruggemann
• Jose Davila
• Yishai Jusidman
• Francis Alys

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