Three Latin American books for your collection in 2018

Posted on March - 7 - 2018

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Photo: Scoop Art

We live in a digital age, where articles and digital books are abundant on the Internet and only an effortless click away. However, for the old-school bibliophiles, sitting down to read next to the fireplace, or while enjoying a cup of wine is not the same if it’s done using a smartphone instead of passing the pages of a book. For those book lovers, art books can be the crown jewels of their collections, and, let’s face it, what is a coffee table without a Taschen book inviting us to open it.

As many books come out each year, here are three recent art books about Latin American art that should make their way into your collection:

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 (2017)

Remember the wild success and critical acclaim that this exhibition received last year? Well, if you didn’t have a chance to attend, here is the next best thing: the book! Not only was this exhibition and rendition an overdue recognition of all the contributions made by women artists in Latin America, but its educational value, adds to the field and helped fill a long-standing the gap in the literature. This book is put together by Cecilia-Fahardo-Hill alongside Andrea Giunta with contributions by Rodigro Alonso, Julia Antivilo and Connie Butler, and offers the readers a series of thematic essays arranged by country, which address themes of feminism, art history and the political body.

Guillermo Kuitca: Collected Drawings

One of the most celebrated artists to come from the Global South in the last century, Kuitca’s name is known globally in art circles around the world (and if not, it should be!). Although Kuitca is recognized for his massive canvases depicting maps and geographies, this book presents an extensive survey of his drawings from the seventies until now, gathering more than 650 works. Edited by Sigismond de Vajay, the book follows a chronological order and is a testament to the artist’s evolution and creative process.

Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Ever been curious of the treasures that can be found in the Cisneros Colection? In this book edited by Pia Gottschaller and Aleca Le Blanc, Making Art Concrete explores the Works by Lygia Clark, Willys de Castro, Judith Lauand, Raúl Lozza, Hélio Oiticica, and Rhod Rothfuss, alongside the Getty Conservation Institute and research the formal strategies and material decisions of these artists working in concrete and neo-concrete manners.

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz