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New Geographies of Abstract Art in Postwar Latin America

1st Edition

Edited by Mariola V. Alvarez, Ana M. Franco


246 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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This edited volume examines the history of abstract art across Latin America after 1945. This form of art grew in popularity across the Americas in the postwar period, often serving to affirm a sense of being modern and the right of Latin America to assume the leading role Europe had played before World War II. Latin American artists practiced gestural and geometric abstraction, though the history of art has favored the latter. Recent scholarship, for instance, has focused on geometric abstraction from Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. The book aims to expand the map and consider this phenomenon as it developed in neglected regions such as Central America and the Andes, investigatinghow this style came to stand in for Latin American contemporary art.

Table of Contents


[Mariola V. Alvarez and Ana M. Franco]

Part I: Gestural Abstractions

  1. "Informalism Between Surrealism and Concrete Art. Aldo Pellegrini and the Promotion of Modern Art in Buenos Aires during the 1950s"
  2. [María Amalia García]

  3. "Calligraphic Abstraction and Postwar Brazilian Informalist Painting"
  4. [Mariola V. Alvarez]

  5. "The Painting Devoured: El Techo de la Ballena and the Destruction of Venezuelan Informalism"
  6. [Sean Nesselrode Moncada]

    Part II: New Visions of Geometric Abstraction

  7. "The Fotoforma Exhibition at MASP, 1951: Geraldo de Barros and the Museum-School"
  8. [Heloisa Espada]

  9. "Negotiating Afro-Brazilian Abstraction: Rubem Valentim in Rio, Rome, and Dakar, 1957-1966"
  10. [Abigail Lapin Dardashti]

  11. "Fighting for the Abstract: Manuel de la Cruz González and Geometric Abstraction in Costa Rica"
  12. [Lauran Bonilla-Merchav]

  13. "Beyond Abstraction: The Work of Vicente Rojo, Kazuya Sakai, and Manuel Felguérez during the 1970s"
  14. [Daniel Garza Usabiaga]

    Part III: Nuestra América: Abstraction between Latin America and the United States

  15. "Andean Abstraction as Displayed at the Organization of American States"
  16. [Michele Greet]

  17. "The Politics of Abstraction in Colombian Art during the Cold War"
  18. [Ana M. Franco]

  19. "Public ‘Lifescapes’: Gonzalo Fonseca’s Designs for Life and Play (1964-1969)"
  20. [María Laura Steverlynck]

    Part IV: Abstraction and the Avant-garde

  21. "From Sacrilegious Black to Chromatic System: The Argentinean Monochrome"
  22. [Daniel R. Quiles]

  23. "Antagonistic Environments: Gendered Spaces and the Kinetic Installations of Colombian Artists Feliza Bursztyn, Jacqueline Nova, and Julia Acuña"
  24. [Gina McDaniel Tarver]

  25. "Vontade Construtiva: Latin America’s Geometric Abstract Identity"

[Camila Maroja]

About the Editors

Mariola V. Alvarez is Assistant Professor at Temple University.

Ana M. Franco is Associate Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Art & Politics
ART / Caribbean & Latin American
HISTORY / Latin America / Central America
HISTORY / Latin America / General
HISTORY / Latin America / Mexico
HISTORY / Latin America / South America
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / General
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy