Radical Form: Modernist Abstraction In South America

January 11, 2022|
Radical Form: Modernist Abstraction In South America by Megan A. Sullivan
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A timely look into how abstract art in South America aimed to envision a better society 

Emphasizing the open-ended and self-critical nature of the projects of abstraction in South America from the 1930s through the mid-1960s, this study focuses on the painting practices of Joaquín Torres-García, Tomás Maldonado, Alejandro Otero, and Lygia Clark. Megan A. Sullivan positions the adoption of modernist abstraction by South American artists as part of a larger critique of the economic and social transformations caused by Latin America’s state-led programs of rapid industrialization. Sullivan thoughtfully explores the diverse ways this skepticism of modernization and social and political change was expressed. Ultimately, it becomes clear that abstraction in South America was understood not as an artistic style to be followed but as a means to imagine a universalist mode of art, a catalyst for individual and collective agency, and a way to express a vision of a better future for South American society.
Megan A. Sullivan is an assistant professor in the Department of Art History and the College at the University of Chicago.
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Title:Radical Form: Modernist Abstraction In South America
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:224 pages, 10 X 8 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 10 X 8 X 0.98 in
Published:January 11, 2022
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300254020

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