Escultura Social

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Art - 223 pages
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Mexico City has emerged as a thriving center of contemporary art. Escultura Social features recent work by a group of artists whose influence has already extended far beyond Mexico and focuses on how they have contributed to an international dialogue through their use of nontraditional materials, new media, and critical perspectives. This book takes Joseph Beuys’s idea of "social sculpture,” or escultura social, as a multivalent reference point for understanding how these socially engaged works draw connections between people and nature and promote a demystified and democratic concept of art-making. Featuring the work of twenty artists, this bilingual volume includes several artists’ writings by pioneers of artist-run exhibition spaces: Stefan Br ggemann, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Yoshua Ok n, and Pedro Reyes. Critical essays on the contemporary Mexican scene and relevance of Beuys’s ideas are accompanied by illustrated texts on each artist in this unique and important book. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
 
 

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Contents

Lenders to the Exhibition
8
Foreword
9
Introduction and Acknowledgments
12
Reshaping the World Through Social Sculpture Julie Rodrigues Widholm
14
Conceptual Art in Mexico During the 1990s Itala Schmelz
30
Maria Alos
44
Carlos Amorales
52
Broken Animals Carlos Amorales
61
Mario Garcia Torres
132
Daniel Guzman
138
Pablo Helguera
145
Gabriel Kuri
154
Nuevos Ricos
160
Yoshua Okon
166
La Panaderia Yoshua Okon
172
Damian Ortega
178

Julieta Aranda
62
Gustavo Artigas
66
Stefan Bruggemann
74
A Conversation Stefan Bruggemann and Mario Garcia Torres
78
Miguel Calderon
92
Fernando Carabajal
96
Abraham Cruzvillegas
102
What Did It Spawn? Abraham Cruzvillegas
106
Dr Lakra
114
Fernando Ortega
188
Pedro Reyes
194
La Torre de los Vientos Pedro Reyes
198
Fernando Romero
204
Los Super Elegantes
210
Exhibition Checklist
216
Solo Exhibitions and Bibliographies
220
Artist Index
223
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Julie Rodrigues Widholm is assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Itala Schmelz is director of the Sala de Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City.

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