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Hemispheric Integration

Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (Studies on Latin American Art #3)

Niko Vicario


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Exploring art made in Latin America during the 1930s and 1940s, Hemispheric Integration argues that Latin America’s position within a global economic order was crucial to how art from that region was produced, collected, and understood. Niko Vicario analyzes art’s relation to shifting trade patterns, geopolitical realignments, and industrialization to suggest that it was in this specific era that the category of Latin American art developed its current definition. Focusing on artworks by iconic Latin American modernists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Joaquín Torres-García, Cândido Portinari, and Mario Carreño, Vicario emphasizes the materiality and mobility of art and their connection to commerce, namely the exchange of raw materials for manufactured goods from Europe and the United States. An exceptional examination of transnational culture, this book provides a new model for the study of Latin American art.

Praise For Hemispheric Integration: Materiality, Mobility, and the Making of Latin American Art (Studies on Latin American Art #3)

"Joining a growing body of transnational studies (i.e., books by Lori Cole, María Amalia García, Michele Greet, Olga Herrera, Anna Indych-López, and Harper Montgomery), Vicario intervenes with an original and rigorous approach that puts into practice a social history of art embedded in the matter of art and in the dynamics of industry and trade."

— CAA Reviews

University of California Press, 9780520310025, 312pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

About the Author

Niko Vicario is Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.