Toward the middle of the 1950s, abstract art became a dominant trend in the Latin American cultural scene. Many artists incorporated elements of abstraction into their rigorous artistic vocabularies, while at the same time, the representation of geometric lines and structures filtered into everyday life, appearing in textiles, posters, murals, and landscapes. The translation of a field-changing Spanish-language book, Abstract Crossings analyzes the relationship between, on the one hand, the emergence of abstract proposals in avant-garde groups and, on the other, the institutionalization and newfound hegemony of abstract poetics as part of Latin America’s imaginary of modernization. A profusion of mid-century artistic institutional exchanges between Argentina and Brazil makes a study of the trajectories of abstraction in these two countries particularly valuable. Examining the work of artists such as Max Bill, Lygia Clark, Waldemar Cordeiro, and Tomás Maldonado, author María Amalia García rewrites the artistic history of the period and proposes a novel reading of the cultural dialogue between Argentina and Brazil. This is the first book in the new Studies on Latin American Art series, supported by a gift from the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).
About the Author
María Amalia García is a researcher in Argentina's National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) at TAREA-Cultural Patrimony Research Institute, National University of San Martín. She teaches art history at the University of Buenos Aires.
Table of Contents
PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE EDITION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS Introduction 1.Arturo Magazine and the Re-Situating of the Avant-Garde in the Southern Cone 2.Inventionism’s Projects and Projections: The Asociación Arte Concreto-Invención (Concrete-Invention Art Association) 3.Buenos Aires–São Paulo: Interconnections between Cultural Institutions and Art Criticism in the Construction of Abstract Art 4.New Visions of Tradition: The Place of Concrete Art on the Argentine-Brazilian Map 5.Regional Concretism: South American Interventions on and Confrontations with the Paradigm of Modern Art and Architecture 6.Art Exhibitions and Policies of Exchange: Argentine Art in Brazil and Brazilian Art in Argentina 7.Inside or Outside Art’s Transformations? Conclusion ARCHIVES AND SOURCES REFERENCES LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS INDEX