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Scoop Art Special: Best Latin American Contemporary Art Reads for 2015

Posted on November - 3 - 2015

“Art, when it’s good, is always entertainment” – Bertolt Brecht

As you may have already noticed, Scoop Art breathes, dreams and lives Contemporary Art. This week, we are shining a light on fantastic books, magazines, and editorials both digital and in print (primarily Latin American, of course) that are known for their eye-catching artwork and engaging text. Read on to discover Scoop Art’s picks for refreshing and thought-provoking publications that are sure to delight even the un-artsy… If there is such a thing.

 

DIGITAL

 Abstraction in Action: Contemporary Abstract Art 

Abstraction in Action is a broad and dynamic platform dedicated to the promotion and research of contemporary abstract art from Latin America since the 1990’s seeking to activate the field and foster new perspectives.

Abstraction in Action is an ongoing collaborative platform that encompasses this exciting field of contemporary art and seeks to incorporate the multiple voices of artists, curators, writers and researchers in the field.

Curated by Cecilia-Fajardo Hill.

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Artishock: Contemporary Art Magazine (Chile)

An online magazine specializing in contemporary art, Artishock is one of Latin America’s most visited art websites. It includes the popular News section, which creates awareness about new exhibitions, galleries, artists and more (their most recent article is a piece on Venezuelan artist Sol Calero.)

Apócrifa: Contemporary Art Magazine (México)

In an era where cultural behavior is characterized by a high consumption of digital content, Apócrifa engages the viewer with art that transcends traditional publications, now as an “ezine” that offers free access that focuses on plastic arts and new and distinguished artists.

Plataforma de Arte Contemporáneo: Contemporary Art Magazine (Spain and Venezuela)

A meeting point for artists, museums, galleries and art lovers.

Tonic

Tonic Magazine offers amazing articles such as “ Latin America, the Second Best Art Market to Invest in”.

 

PRINT

 ArtNexus (Based in Colombia) 

ArtNexus is the leading magazine covering contemporary art of Latin America. It provides online resources, including news, reviews, articles, information and artworks from leading galleries throughout the Americas.

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The Sites of Latin American Abstraction by Juan Ledezma

Special introduction by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.

The history of Latin American abstraction has not yet been completely written, but what has been written owes much to the Miami-based Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. This substantial new publication includes 146 abstract geometric artworks from the 1930’s-1970’s–drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography from such cultural centers as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

It also elaborates on a new perspective: that Latin American identity greatly affected the art of the Modernist period. Art historian and curator Juan Ledezma creates unexpected connections and visual analogies across generational and national boundaries, offering, for example, socio-political corollaries between Latin American Concrete art and concurrent movements like Russian Constructivism and Suprematism.

The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro

Colorful and playful kinetic sculptures, experimental objects designed to be catalysts for community building, manifestos calling for joy and the negation of melancholy: these are the elements that have shaped The Geometry of Hope.

The title of this richly illustrated, 340-page volumen brings together two threads that epitomize postwar abstract art from Latin America: on the one hand, geometry, presition, clarity and reason; on the other, a utopian sense of hope. 

Input Magazine: “Not Just Art” (Spain)

Input is a publication on contemporary culture that promotes art as a global language. Examples of great articles and interviews include:

– “Wasting time as an artist” by Hugo Álvarez

– “Sculpture and I establish a direct dialogue”  by Blanca Muñoz

El Laberinto del Arte by Carmen Reviriego

“The art market, its function, and its primary figures”

The labyrinth of art takes a journey through many issues that art lovers have dealt with, such as what art to collect, how the art market works, what goes on behind an auction, and even what the value of art is and how its a good investment (read our own news post about investing in art here). 

Teorías del arte contemporáneo. Fuentes artísticas y opiniones críticas by Herschel B. Chipp

Theories of contemporary art. Artistic sources and and critical opinions is a passionate journey that through careful text selection takes the reader to the roots of artistic movements and delves into the thoughts and concerns of its dialogues.

Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the Comments section below if you think we missed anything!

By. Daniela Serra