This book offers a new perspective on the artistic significance of Kahlo and Rivera for the 21st century, one that shows how their paintings reflect both the dramatic story of their lives together and their artistic commitment to the transformative political and cultural values of post-revolutionary Mexico.
In the wake of the 1910-20 Revolution, Mexico emerged as a centre of modern art. This book offers a comprehensive look at the period that brought Mexico onto the world stage during a period of political upheaval and dramatic social change.
Brings together sixty-five primary documents vital to understanding the history of art in Latin America since 1900. As the title suggests, many of the texts have a polemical or argumentative cast. In these documents, many of which appear in English for the first time, the artists themselves describe what they hope to accomplish and what they see as obstacles.
Traces efforts during the early 20th century to create a Soviet-style society in one of the largest and most strategically situated of the Latin American countries. Schmitt writes authoritatively of the Mexican Communist movement, tracing its development from an early and potentially powerful political-economic base to the increasingly fragmented and weakened collection of parties and front groups of the 1960s.
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