Browse by Subject: Arts

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El Techo de la Ballena: Retro-Modernity in Venezuela

The work of the 1960s Caracas-based art collective El Techo de la Ballena (The Roof of the Whale) was called “subversive” and “art terrorism” and seen as a threat to Venezuela’s national image as an emerging industrial power. This volume details the historical and social contexts that shaped the collective, exploring how its anti-art aesthetic highlighted the shortcomings of the country’s newfound oil wealth and transition to democracy.

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Ceramics of Ancient America: Multidisciplinary Approaches

This is the first volume to bring together archaeology, anthropology, and art history in the analysis of pre-Columbian pottery. While previous research on ceramic artifacts has been divided by these three disciplines, this volume shows how integrating these approaches provides new understandings of many different aspects of Ancient American societies.   

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Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié

This catalog adopts the theme of ‘refinement’ and seeks to decolonize this notion through a juxtaposition of art and historical artifacts from the southeastern United States with Duval-Carrié’s contemporary work.  

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Sensing Decolonial Aesthetics in Latin American Arts

Juan Ramos uses “decolonial aesthetics,” a theory that frees the idea of art from Eurocentric forms of expression and philosophies of the beautiful, to examine the long decade of the 1960s in Latin America—a time of cultural production that has not been studied extensively from a decolonial perspective.

 

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Historic Architecture in the Caribbean Islands

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Creole Clay: Heritage Ceramics in the Contemporary Caribbean

Beautifully illustrated with colorful photographs, this volume traces the living heritage of locally made pottery in the English-speaking Caribbean.

 

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American Interventions and Modern Art in South America

This book tells the little-known story of how the United States used modern art as a cultural defense strategy in South America during World War II. 

 

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Painting in a State of Exception: New Figuration in Argentina, 1960-1965

Although one of Latin America’s most significant postwar art movements, Nueva Figueración has long been overlooked in studies of modern art. In this first comprehensive examination of the movement, Patrick Frank explores the work of four artists at its heart--Ernesto Deira, Rómulo Macció, Luis Felipe Noé, and Jorge de la Vega--to demonstrate the importance of their work in the transnational development of modern art.

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Simón Bolívar: Travels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon

In this volume, an array of international and interdisciplinary scholars shows the ways Bolívar has appeared over the last two centuries in painting, fiction, poetry, music, film, festival, dance, city planning, and even reliquary adoration. They illustrate how Bolívar’s body has been exalted, reimagined, or fragmented in different contexts, taking on a range of meanings to represent the politics and poetics of today’s national bodies.

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Cuban Art in the 20th Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde

Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century is an historical progression of works by important artists from a complex modern movement described by several discrete periods: Colonial, Early Republic, First Generation, Second Generation, Third Generation, Late Modern, and Contemporary Periods.