Synopses & Reviews
Drawn from the Colecciandoacute;n Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the worldandrsquo;s leading colandshy;lection of 20th-century Latin American art, this volume showcases works by such major artists as Juan Melandeacute;, Sandeacute;rgio de Camargo, Lygia Clark, Milton Dacosta, Handeacute;lio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, and Alejandro Otero. Accompaning an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Radical Geometry looks at how, from the 1930s through the 1970s, distinct artistic movements emerged in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Sandatilde;o Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Caracas, innovative forms of expression that reflected the continentandrsquo;s new optimism. Focusing on the impact of such artists as Albers, Mondrian, Malevich, and Calder, all of whom influenced the Latin American Abstract Expressionists, the book explores the ways in which artists captured this positive spirit.
This is the first book to provide a thorough exploration of Latin American art since 1990, a period during which the Latin American art scene has grown in importance and influence. Iria Candela explains the importance of contemporary art in this complex and diverse region, and provides a detailed study of new and unconventional art practices. Her original, in-depth interpretation of more than 100 works in a wide variety of media focuses on disruptive and politically committed works that challenge traditional forms and recognize the need to strengthen freedom of expression and democratization in Latin America. Among the Latin Americanand#8211;born or and#8211;based artists featured are Gabriel Orozco, Doris Salcedo, Ernesto Neto, Francis Aland#255;s, Jorge Macchi, Santiago Sierra, Carlos Garaicoa, and Allora and Calzadilla.
About the Author
Gabriel Pandeacute;rez-Barriero is director of the Colecciandoacute;n Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Amalia Marandiacute;a Garcandiacute;a is an art historian and writer. Isobel Whitelegg is curator of public programs at Nottingham Contemporary. Sara Meadows is project manager at Colecciandoacute;n Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Adrian Locke is curator of the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.