Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America

9781477308042: Paperback
Release Date: 30th October 2015

187 color and 120 b&w illustrations

Dimensions: 216 x 279

Number of Pages: 435

Edition: Revised and Expanded Edition

Series The William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere

University of Texas Press

Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America

Revised and Expanded Edition

Paperback / £47.00

The product of Jacqueline Barnitz’s more than forty years of studying and teaching, Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America surveys the major currents in and artists of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America (including Brazil). This new edition has been refreshed throughout to include new scholarship on several modern movements, such as abstraction in the River Plate region and the Cuban avant-garde. A new chapter covers art since 1990. In all, 30 percent of the images in this edition are new, and thirty-four additional artists are discussed and illustrated.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Jacqueline Barnitz
Preface to the Second Edition
Patrick Frank
Introduction: An Overview of the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 1. Modernismo and the Break with Academic Art, 1890–1934
Chapter 2. The Avant-Garde of the 1920s
Chapter 3. Social, Ideological, and Nativist Art: The 1930s, 1940s, and After
Chapter 4. Surrealism, Wartime, and New World Imagery, 1928–1964
Chapter 5. Torres-García's Constructive Universalism and the Abstract Legacy
Chapter 6. New Museums, the São Paulo Biennial, and Abstract Art
Chapter 7. Functionalism, Integration of the Arts, and the Postwar Architectural Boom
Chapter 8. Geometric, Optical, and Kinetic Art from the 1950s through the 1970s
Chapter 9. Brazilian Concrete and Neoconcrete Art and Their Offshoots
Chapter 10. Neofiguration, Pop, and Environments: The 1960s and 1970s
Chapter 11. Graphic Art, Painting, and Conceptualism as Ideological Tools
Chapter 12. Some Trends of the 1980s and Early 1990s
Chapter 13. Toward a New Century

Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits

Jacqueline Barnitz is Professor of Modern Latin American Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

Patrick Frank first taught the history of Latin American modern art in a university context in 1995. He is the author of several books and articles on the subject, focusing especially on graphic art and art in Argentina. He is also the author or coauthor of two widely used introductory textbooks on art.

". . . this is a thorough account of Latin American art and of the social and political issues that influenced it."


"Without a doubt, Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America was when first published and remains to date the clearest, least dogmatic, and most evenhanded survey of this material in English, for the academic as well as the general reader."

Hispanic American Historical Review