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The Politics of Taste (häftad)

The Politics of Taste

Beatriz Gonzalez and Cold War Aesthetics

Häftad Engelska, 2019-11-15
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In The Politics of Taste Ana Maria Reyes examines the works of Colombian artist Beatriz Gonzalez and Argentine-born art critic, Marta Traba, who championed Gonzalez's art during Colombia's National Front coalition government (1958-74). During this critical period in Latin American art, artistic practice, art criticism, and institutional objectives came into strenuous yet productive tension. While Gonzalez's triumphant debut excited critics who wanted to cast Colombian art as modern, sophisticated, and universal, her turn to urban lowbrow culture proved deeply unsettling. Traba praised Gonzalez's cursi (tacky) recycling aesthetic as daringly subversive and her strategic localism as resistant to U.S. cultural imperialism. Reyes reads Gonzalez's and Traba's complex visual and textual production and their intertwined careers against Cold War modernization programs that were deeply embedded in the elite's fear of the masses and designed to avert Cuban-inspired revolution. In so doing, Reyes provides fresh insights into Colombia's social anxieties and frustrations while highlighting how interrogations of taste became vital expressions of the growing discontent with the Colombian state.
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Ana Maria Reyes is Assistant Professor of the History of Latin American Art and Architecture at Boston University, coeditor of Simon Bolivar: Travels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon, and founding member of the Symbolic Reparations Research Project.


Acknowledgments Introduction. Dis-cursis 1. Vermeer in Bucaramanga, Beatriz in Bogota 2. A Leap from the Domestic Sphere into the Sisga Reservoir 3. "Cut It Out": Impropriety at the MAMBO 4. Notes for an Exclusive History of Colombia 5. Modernist Obstruction at the Second Medellin Biennial Epilogue. Underdeveloped Art for Underdeveloped People Notes Bibliography Index