Nexus New York

Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis

Edited by Deborah Cullen; With essays by Antonio Saborit, Katherine Manthorne, Cecilia de Torres, Elvis Fuentes, James Wechsler, Katy Rogers, and Michele Greet

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October 27, 2009
288 pages, 8 x 10
29 b/w + 123 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300158960
PB-with Flaps

Published in association with El Museo del Barrio, New York

An examination of the pioneering Caribbean and Latin American artists who resided in New York prior to WWII and shaped the American avant-garde

Between 1900 and 1942, New York City was the site of extraordinary creative exchange where artists could share ideas in a global context. The swiftly changing urban landscape before and between the World Wars inspired the erosion of artistic boundaries and fostered a new climate of modernist experimentation. Nexus New Yorkfocuses on key artists from the Caribbean and Latin America who entered into dynamic cultural and social dialogues with the American-based avant-garde and participated in the development of a new modern discourse. Featuring both celebrated and little-known figures of this period, including Carlos Enríquez, Alice Neel, Marius de Zayas, Francis Picabia, Joaquín Torres-Garcia,

José Clemente Orozco, Matta, and Robert Motherwell, contributing authors also discuss the specific environments in which they flourished, including the Art Students League, the Siqueiros Experimental Workshop, and the New School for Social Research. A fascinating look at 20th-century modernism, this book provides the first view of the important encounters between artists of the Americas.

Deborah Cullen is Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York. Antonio Saborit is Investigador de la Direccion de Estudios Historicos, at the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico. Katherine Manthorne is Professor of Art of the United States, Latin America, and Their Cross-Currents, 1750–1950 at the Graduate Center of City University of New York, New York.Cecilia de Torres is a leading authority on the work of Joaquin Torres-Garcia and artists of his circle, and is currently compiling the catalogue raisonne of Torres-Garcia. Elvis Fuentes is curator at El Museo del Barrio and is their Cuban specialist. James Wechsler is an independent scholar specializing in the culture of the international revolutionary left during the Modern period. Katy Rogers is Project Manager of the Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings and Collages by Robert Motherwell at the Dedalus Foundation, New York. Michele Greet is professor of art history at George Mason University, Virginia.

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El Museo del Barrio, New York (10/17/09 – 2/28/10)

 “[An]excellent scholarly catalog.”--Wall St. Journal 

"The book is a monumental achievement in its own right. It shows how the cross-fertilization of Latin-American and New York City artists shaped the home terrains of both, particularly impacting the era’s cultural politics. While it includes well known artists like Alice Neel and Diego Rivera, it also exposes the historic importance of figures like Joaquin Torres-Garcia and Miguel Covarrubias, the latter of whom came to shape the imagery of Harlem. From the only photos of Rivera’s destroyed Rockefeller Center mural to photos of David Alfaro Siqueiros teaching students in his Experimental Workshop, this book offers an impressive range of rare treasures."—Randy Shaw, BeyondChron (San Francisco)
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