5/22/2012 4:08 PM
Volume I of the 13-book series Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art is now available for purchase. Through a thorough examination of 168 critical and primary source documents, this first volume explores “Latin-ness”, the longing for continental identity, and the emergence of such contested terms as “Latin American” or “Latino” art. Its aim is to discover the emergence of both expected and unpredicted similarities, paradoxes, and differences amongst key texts written by the most significant artists, critics, and journalists to have broached these topics over the long twentieth-century. It also offers translated excerpts of some of the most relevant historical documents constituting the foundational narrative for this important debate.
The volume is organized by Mari Carmen Ramírez, the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director, ICAA; Houston-based independent scholar Héctor Olea; and the noted Chicano art historian and cultural crusader Tomás Ybarra-Frausto. Additional content is provided by María C. Gaztambide, Director of the Documents Project at the ICAA.
The Critical Documents series serves the general and specialized reader alike through the use of primary and critical source documents that provide insight on specific topics essential to the study of Latin American art. The volumes present English language translations of key documents that cross-reference with the facsimiles available in the digital archive in their original language. The series is published by the MFAH and distributed by Yale University Press.