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By Luis Camnitzer

Conceptualism performed a distinct position in Latin American paintings through the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies than in Europe and the U.S., the place conceptualist artists predominantly sought to problem the primacy of the paintings item and artwork associations, in addition to the commercialization of paintings. Latin American artists grew to become to conceptualism as a car for substantially wondering the very nature of paintings itself, in addition to art's function in responding to societal wishes and crises at the side of politics, poetry, and pedagogy. due to this designated schedule, Latin American conceptualism needs to be considered and understood in its personal correct, no longer as a by-product of Euroamerican models.

In this e-book, one in every of Latin America's most effective conceptualist artists, Luis Camnitzer, deals a firsthand account of conceptualism in Latin American paintings. putting the evolution of conceptualism in the background Latin the USA, he explores conceptualism as a technique, instead of a mode, in Latin American tradition. He indicates how the roots of conceptualism achieve again to the early 19th century within the paintings of Símon Rodríguez, Símon Bolívar's show. Camnitzer then follows conceptualism to the purpose the place paintings crossed into politics, as with the Argentinian crew Tucumán arde in 1968, and the place politics crossed into paintings, as with the Tupamaro circulate in Uruguay through the Sixties and early Seventies. Camnitzer concludes through investigating how, after 1970, conceptualist manifestations lower back to the fold of extra traditional paintings and describes many of the effects that whilst paintings advanced from being a political software to develop into what's often called "political art."

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It is precisely the view one has from the periphery that introduces the most important differences. Thus, what places Latin America on the “art periphery” is not the fact that artists get inspired by the mainstream, but the particular way they see the mainstream’s accomplishments. Mostly, and particularly until the sixties, mainstream art was seen on the periphery through reproductions. There are stories about the disappointment Latin American constructivist artists felt when they discovered imperfections in Piet Mondrian’s originals.

Rupture is also helpful for marketing, since it is equated with originality. 29 10:40 AM Page 27 dividuality, if kept within limits of decency and understanding, is always rewarded within a capitalist society. Rupture within the master narrative of art usually is a formal consequence of whatever art styles came before. Art historically speaking, the qualities that make the rupturing movements a formal consequence of other movements can then be picked up to place the new within a seamless narration.

Unlike the traditional hegemonic view, in which art is mostly an expression of personal freedom defined as “the individual in contraposition to the collective,” in Latin America art also became an expression eiAgitation or Construction? 29 10:38 AM Page 18 ther of collaboration with the market or of a resistance that might help achieve a collective freedom. Given the high political charge of the Latin American daily experience, it is not surprising that so much artwork addresses and reflects this tension, sometimes surpassing the concrete interests one expects from the more narrow and traditional definitions that limit the field of art.

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