Readings in Latin American Modern Art


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Edited by Patrick Frank

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This important and welcome volume is the first English-language anthology of writings on Latin American modern art of the twentieth century. The book includes some fifty seminal essays and documents—including statements, interviews, and manifestoes by artists—that encompass the broad diversity of this emerging field. Many of these materials are difficult to access and some are translated here for the first time. Together the selections explore the breadth and depth of Latin American modern art as well as its distinctive evolution apart from American and European art history.
Included in this collection are fascinating ideas and insights on the impact of the avant-garde in the 1920s, the Mexican mural movement, Surrealism and other fantasy-based styles, modern architecture, geometric and optical art, concrete and neo-concrete art, and political conceptualism. For students and scholars of Latin American art, the volume offers an invaluable collection of primary and secondary sources.

Patrick Frank is assistant professor of art history at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Posada’s Broadsheets: Popular Imagery in Mexico City, 1890–1910, and the coauthor of Artforms: An Introduction to the Visual Arts, now in its seventh edition.

“This is an excellent, thoughtfully gathered anthology of key texts. Well suited to either an undergraduate or graduate reader.”—Adriana Zavala, Tufts University, Art History Department

“This anthology provides students with the primary sources that are referred to in the History of the Art of Latin America, but often not available or thoroughly understood. It also puts the art within the context of literary and cultural history.”—Carol Damian, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Art and Art History, Florida International University, Miami 

“An absolutely essential and highly valuable tool for students and researchers at all levels. The selections are representative, comprehensive, and entirely on target. A wealth of crucial documents in one accessible package.”—Leonard Folgarait, Professor of Art History, Vanderbilt University

"It is likely to be an important text for scholars and students seeking to enrich their readings on regional modern art."—British Bulletin of Publications

ISBN: 9780300102550
Publication Date: April 10, 2004
288 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4