Nexus New York Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis Deborah Cullen, Antonio Saborit, Katherine E. Manthorne, Cecilia de Torres, Elvis Fuentes, James Wechsler, Katy Rogers, Michele Greet

Publication date:
27 Oct 2009
Yale University Press
288 pages: 254 x 203mm
29 b-w + 123 color illus.
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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.

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