Monthly Archives: May 2013

Xul Solar – Intimism

Defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica Intimism was a 19th-20th century painting style made popular by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. the Intimist style utilized the impressionist broken-colour technique of “capturing the light and atmosphere of the fleeting moment”[1]. Unlike traditional … Continue reading

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Modernization and Culture in Latin American Art History

Modernization is a process of producing culture, as is art. Culture plays a role in the production of knowledge systems, of which visual art is one aspect. Art is a product of the contemporary culture that surrounds the artist, and … Continue reading

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School of Cuzco (Peru)

The School of Cuzco was formed by a circle of Peruvian artists and comprised artists of unidentified ethnic groups. It was established from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century in Cuzco, Peru. This school experienced three main periods, each with … Continue reading

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Baroque is a term used in the literature of the arts with both a historical and critical meaning, and as both an adjective and a noun. This entry will focus on defining and relating the term Baroque art as they are most … Continue reading

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The Political Dimension of Visual Culture in Latin America

Visual culture in Latin America, like visual culture everywhere, is shaped and influenced by the social and political histories that define the realities of the place. The interaction of local traditions with outside cultural influences is instrumental in the formation … Continue reading

Posted in colonization, dictatorship, Diego Rivera, empowerment, Erich Auerbach, Homi K. Bhabha, hybridity, Marxism, memory, Néstor García Canclini, otherness, propaganda, social consciousness, Uncategorized, visual culture | 1 Comment

Avant-Garde Art in Latin America

Avant-garde is a French term originally used to describe “the foremost part of an advancing army or naval force” (Oxford English Dictionary Online-vanguard), but has since been appropriated to indicate “new and experimental ideas and methods in art” (Oxford English … Continue reading

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The Suburbs as a “Topos” of Latin American Culture

In defining the suburbs as a “topos” of Latin American culture, I must first define the words “suburbs” and “topos.” A common perception of the suburbs is a place that is located immediately outside of a town or a city. … Continue reading

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Brazil through Film

The construct of Brazil through film is dynamic and multi-faceted: from being objectified to caricature figures, to figures of ‘exotic’ color, and so forth, it is impossible to define the role film has in constructing the image of Brazil in … Continue reading

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Tropicália in Brazil

Tropicália, also known as Tropicalismo, was a cultural revolution, best known in the form of a musical movement, which took place in Brazil during the 1960s (Ballvé 2007, 1). This period of time in Brazil was characterized by overt popular … Continue reading

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Borges and Argentina

Argentina, while a broad topic to cover, can be partly explained in a context of Modernism. Author Jorge Luis Borges, then, can be included as a part of the Modernist trends within and outside of literature, but also extending to … Continue reading

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