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COSMOPOLITANISM IN MEXICAN VISUAL CULTURE. Maria Fernandez. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2013. Copyright 2014. Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture. 462 pp. with 122 ills. (20 col.). 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-4246 ISBN 9780292745353 In English.
Publisher's description: This pathfinding book... uses the concept of cosmopolitanism to explore {an} important aspect of Mexican art, in which visual culture and power relations unite the local and the global, the national and the international, the universal and the particular. She argues that in Mexico, as in other colonized regions, colonization constructed power dynamics and forms of violence that persisted in the independent nation-state... Fernandez organizes episodes in the history of Mexican art and architecture, ranging from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth century, around the consistent but unacknowledged historical theme of cosmopolitanism, allowing readers to discern relationships among various historical periods and works that are new and yet simultaneously dependent on their predecessors. She uses case studies of art and architecture produced in response to government commissions to demonstrate that established visual forms and meanings in Mexican art reflect and inform desires, expectations, memories, and ways of being in the world -- in short, that visual culture and cosmopolitanism are fundamental to processes of subjectification and identity.
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Mexico — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155431
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