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ART SYSTEMS: BRAZIL AND THE 1970S. Elena Shtromberg. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016. Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture. 238 pp. with 115 ills. (29 col.). 26 x 18 cm. LC 2015-13010 ISBN 9781477308585 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 167460. Publisher's description: From currency and maps to heavily censored newspapers and television programming, "Art Systems" explores visual forms of critique and subversion during the height of Brazilian dictatorship, drawing sometimes surprising connections between artistic production and broader processes of social exchange during a period of authoritarian modernization. Positioning the works beyond the prism of politics, Elena Shtromberg reveals subtle forms of subversion and critique that reinvented the artists' political terrain. Analyzing key examples from Cildo Meireles, Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, Anna Bella Geiger, Sonia Andrade, Geraldo Mello, and others, the book offers a new framework for theorizing artistic practice. By focusing on the core economic, media, technological, and geographic conditions that circumscribed artistic production during this pivotal era, Shtromberg excavates an array of art systems that played a role in the everyday lives of Brazilians. An examination of the specific historical details of the social systems that were integrated into artistic production, this unique study showcases works that were accessed by audiences far outside the confines of artistic institutions.
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Brazil — Post-1970 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167461
Paperbound $29.95    

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