Drawing the Line: Art and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Latin America (Critical Studies in Latin American and Iberian Culture)

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Oriana Baddeley;Valerie Fraser
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Recent international interest in the painters of the Mexican mural movement, such as Rivera and Orozco, has brought Latin American art to a wider audience than ever before but has often failed to confront its continuing marginalization within art criticism.

Drawing the Lineis an exploration of the areas occupied by Latin American art and culture between the ongoing traditions of its indigenous inhabitants, its colonial heritage and its contemporary relationship to the cultural politics of North America and Europe. It looks at the way cultural identity has been constructed by artists from the 1940s to the present day and challenges the way art criticism has hitherto dealt with Latin American art.

Established stereotypes of Latin American culture are discussed in terms of their relevance to contemporary artists. The book looks at the frequent subversion of dominant images and conventions of European artsuch as the political significance of landscape painted as an attempt to define a specifically Latin American reality, or the constant reworking of familiar icons of European artand explores the importance of Latin America to the European surrealist movement. The authors examine the significance of popular artsuch as the Chilean arpilleraswhichcommemorate the disappeared of Pinochets regimeand relate it to the traditional high art/low art dichotomy.

Including new perspectives on race and gender, Drawing the Lineis the most comprehensive account of contemporary Latin American art ever to appear in English.


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