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  • ICAA Record ID
    841710
    TITLE
    "Magnet - New York": conceptual, performance, environmental, and installation art by latin american artists in New York / by Carla Stellweg
    IN
    The latin american spirit : art and artists in the United States, 1920-1970. -- New York : Bronx Museum of the Artists in association with Harry N. Abrahams, 1988
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 284 - 311, 332 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Stellweg, Carla. “"Magnet - New York": conceptual, performance, environmental, and installation art by latin american artists in New York.” In The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the United States, 1920-1970, 284–311, 332. Exh. cat., New York, NY: Bronx Museum of the Artists, 1988.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Costa, Eduardo; Davidovich, Jaime; Ferrer, Rafael; Goeritz, Mathias, 1915-1990; Minujin, Marta, 1941-; Stellweg, Carla
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this article, scholar Carla Stellweg discusses the position of New York as the world art center during the 1960s and ‘70s, which attracted many artists from Latin America who came eager to experience its artistic effervescence firsthand. Through a survey of the work made and showcased in New York by artists as diverse as Mathias Goeritz, Jaime Davidovich, Marta Minujín, Rafael Ferrer, and Eduardo Costa, Stellweg demystifies the idea that Latin American and Latino artists were outsiders to the city art scene. She addresses them as key participants in the development of the Conceptual, Environmental, Performance, Media, and Installation art trends in New York, who also contributed to a broader knowledge of Latin America in the United States.

Annotations

Born in Bandung, Indonesia, Carla Stellweg moved to Mexico with her family in the late 1950s, where she lived and worked for twenty-five years. For the past twenty-five years she lived in New York and heading a gallery in Soho, In addition to this Stellweg has specialized in contemporary Latin American art in a variety of capacities, as curator, writer, and professor. This essay constitutes one of the most comprehensive documents that exist on the participation of artists from Latin America in the 1970s New York art scene. It provides an overview as well of the exhibition spaces showcasing artists from Latin America in New York during that decade.

Researcher
Taína Caragol
Credit
© 1999 The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY