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Radical Form: Modernist Abstraction in South America

Radical Form: Modernist Abstraction in South America

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Radical Form: Modernist Abstraction in South America

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Megan A. Sullivan. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2022.

232 pp. Moderately Illustrated (all col.). 26 x 21 cm. LC 2021-932820 In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9780300254020

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.

Subject Headings: Latin American Art ; Western Art -- 1900-1945 ; Post-1945 -- Painting --

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