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In this article, Marta Traba sets out to provide an overview of abstract art in Latin America on the basis of problems common to the countries in the region. She asserts that the first of these problems is a lack of knowledge of the art produced in other countries in the region due to deficient forms of communication. She states that this makes it impossible to formulate a full overview of abstract art in Latin America, and that in Latin American countries, the only artists to be recognized and accepted by the general public are those who have been established for generations, and recognition of even these artists is recent. For avant-garde tendencies, this state of affairs means a fifty-year delay. In this article, Traba advocates doing away with geographic borders in terms of aesthetic expression. She asserts that in keeping with the natural evolution of history, modern man must embrace abstraction as the path toward universality. Traba adds that in Latin America, this process has come upon adversity because while the expressive power of abstraction’s language is diminishing [internationally], its pertinence is being debated regionally.