Contingent Beauty

Contemporary Art from Latin America

Edited by Mari Carmen Ramírez; With contributions by María C. Gaztambide, Rachel Mohl, Beatriz R. Olivetti, Gabriela Rangel, Tahía Rivero, Osvaldo Sánchez, Michael Wellen, and Daniela Wüstenberg

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January 12, 2016
240 pages, 11 x 11 3/4
290 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300214819
HC - Paper over Board

Distributed for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Exploring cutting-edge techniques and daring themes, many Latin American artists seamlessly intertwine aesthetic refinement with biting critiques of social and political issues. Contingent Beauty assembles major works by more than 20 such artists who have made significant contributions to the global art scene over the past 30 years. Encompassing a variety of media—including painting, drawing, sculpture, and video—the majority of these innovative works are culled from the holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which possesses an exceptional collection of contemporary Latin American art.
 
These objects, while formally sophisticated and alluring, are not ends unto themselves but rather tools intended to heighten viewers’ awareness of critical factors that shape the lives of these artists, such as poverty, gender, political repression, the war on drugs, and globalization. In some instances, the “beauty” of these works is contingent upon cultural interpretation. Tensions between beauty and violence, seduction and repulsion, elegance and brutality contribute to the enduring impact of this art and provide a revelatory experience for readers.

Mari Carmen Ramírez is the Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
(11/22/2015–02/28/2016)

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