Conceptualism in Latin American Art : Didactics of Liberation

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
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Conceptualism played a different role in Latin American art during the 1960s and 1970s than in Europe and the United States, where conceptualist artists predominantly sought to challenge the primacy of the art object and art institutions, as well as the commercialization of art. Latin American artists turned to conceptualism as a vehicle for radically questioning the very nature of art itself, as well as art's role in responding to societal needs and crises in conjunction with politics, poetry, and pedagogy. Because of this distinctive agenda, Latin American conceptualism must be viewed and understood in its own right, not as a derivative of Euroamerican models.In this book, one of Latin America's foremost conceptualist artists, Luis Camnitzer, offers a firsthand account of conceptualism in Latin American art. Placing the evolution of conceptualism within the history Latin America, he explores conceptualism as a strategy, rather than a style, in Latin American culture. He shows how the roots of conceptualism reach back to the early nineteenth century in the work of Símon Rodríguez, Símon Bolívar's tutor. Camnitzer then follows conceptualism to the point where art crossed into politics, as with the Argentinian group Tucumán arde in 1968, and where politics crossed into art, as with the Tupamaro movement in Uruguay during the 1960s and early 1970s. Camnitzer concludes by investigating how, after 1970, conceptualist manifestations returned to the fold of more conventional art and describes some of the consequences that followed when art evolved from being a political tool to become what is known as "political art."

Author Biography

Luis Camnitzer is Professor Emeritus of Art at SUNY Old Westbury.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Salpicon (Medley) and Compota (Sweetmeats)p. 9
Agitation or Construction?p. 16
The Terms: "Indefinitions" and Differencesp. 22
Conceptual Art and Conceptualism in Latin Americap. 29
Simon Rodriguezp. 37
The Tupamarosp. 44
Tucuman arde: Politics in Artp. 60
The Aftermath of Tucuman ardep. 73
Figuration, Abstraction, and Meaningsp. 93
The Intellectual Contextp. 102
The Input of Pedagogyp. 109
The Importance of Literaturep. 116
Poetry and Literaturep. 131
The Markers of Latin American Conceptualismp. 153
Postpoetryp. 162
Postfigurationp. 171
Postpoliticsp. 186
The Destruction and Survival of Localityp. 209
From Politics to Identityp. 214
Diasporap. 223
The Historical Unfittingp. 245
From Politics into Spectacle and Beyondp. 252
Beyond Artp. 259
Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 327
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