This stunning reappraisal offers long overdue recognition to the enormous contribution to the field of contemporary art of women artists in Latin America and those of Latino and Chicano heritage working during a pivotal time in history. Amidst the tumult and revolution that characterized the latter half of the 20th century in Latin America and the US, women artists were staking their claim in nearly every field. This wide ranging volume examines the work of more than 100 female artists with nearly 300 works in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance art, and other experimental media. A series of thematic essays, arranged by country, address the cultural and political contexts in which these radical artists worked, while other essays address key issues such as feminism, art history, and the political body. Drawing its design and feel from the radical underground pamphlets, catalogs, and posters of the era, this is the first examination of a highly influential period in 20th-century art history.
Published in association with the Hammer Museum.
About the Author
Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is an independent British-Venezuelan art historian and curator of modern and contemporary art, currently based in Southern California.
"Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the catalog for an exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, is a historical must-have and a joy. The information is new; the art is genius; the book is a study of the past and a manual for the future." -Holland Cotter, Art Critic, The New York Times
“The catalogue is a strikingly thorough English-language source.” -Tyler Green, The Modern Art Notes Podcast
"The exhibition, which is accompanied by a catalogue of the same name, published by Prestel, is a brilliant introduction to both the artists and the issues they face as women in the Latin American diaspora, providing their own take on feminism, patriarchy, gender, sexuality, identity, and art history." -Dazed
"Generously illustrated with over 150 pages of rich color plates—a thorough documentation of the exhibit for anyone unable to attend it—the catalogue is an indispensable resource that will deepen understandings of women’s art practices across geographical regions." -The Brooklyn Rail
"Accompanied by a catalogue of the same name published by DelMonico|Prestel, the exhibition is a stunning tour de force through a quarter century across the Western hemisphere showcasing an extraordinary group of women who experimented with photography, performance, video, and conceptual art to explore the issues of autonomy, oppression, violence, and the environment." -Feature Shoot