Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics

Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics

by Arlene Dávila

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In Latinx Art Arlene Dávila draws on numerous interviews with artists, dealers, and curators to explore the problem of visualizing Latinx art and artists. Providing an inside and critical look of the global contemporary art market, Dávila's book is at once an introduction to contemporary Latinx art and a call to decolonize the art worlds and practices that erase and whitewash Latinx artists. Dávila shows the importance of race, class, and nationalism in shaping contemporary art markets while providing a path for scrutinizing art and culture institutions and for diversifying the art world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478008859
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 07/24/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 30 MB
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About the Author

Arlene Dávila is Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University and the author of several books, including El Mall: The Spatial and Class Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America, Culture Works: Space, Value, and Mobility across the Neoliberal Americas, and Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments & Reader Instructions  vii
Introduction.Making Latinx Art  1
1. What Is Latinx Art? Lessons from Chicanx and Diasporican Artists  23
2. Exhibiting Latinx Art: On Critics, Curators, and Going "beyond the Formula"  48
3. Nationalism and the Currency of Categories  79
4. On Markets and the Need for Cheerleaders  104
5. Whitewashing at Work, and Some Ways Out  138
Conclusion: At the Vanguard of Arts and Museum Activism in the Twenty-First Century  168
Appendix A: Noncomprehensive List of Artists Everyone Should Know  177
Appendix B: Additional Resources  185
Notes  189
References  203

What People are Saying About This

Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism - Amalia Mesa-Bains

“In this current moment of national rupture surrounding the Latino immigrant it is ironic that the new focus on Latinx artists and communities should come to the forefront as a powerful cultural movement. Arlene Dávila’s new work on Latinx art is a timely examination of the complex issues of cultural definition, art markets, race and representation, and geopolitical reference points. In the embattled world of diverse art and artists Dávila's book provides a map of clarity.”

Franklin Sirmans

“Kudos to Arlene Dávila, founding director of the Latinx Project at New York University, and the only person who could have written this groundbreaking new book! First, identifying Latinx, perhaps most importantly, as a political constituency and as a market for art historical appreciation and consumption, Dávila makes the case for a singular recognition and consideration of a massive (and rapidly growing) part of American culture. While highlighting intersectionality in her exploration of Latinx identity, she is an astute documentarian of shared experiences in the American landscape. Yet, this book is a must-have primer for those concerned with trends in international contemporary art.”

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