This compelling and comprehensive survey introduces an exceptionally rich, fascinating and complex art. Edward Lucie-Smith discusses major subjects and issues: Magic Realism, Expressionism and other concepts shared with Latin American literature; the great muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco; the interaction of politics, society and art; the continuing interest in folk art; and the dialogue between avant-garde European and North American movements and `indigenist' thinking in the work of artists such as Wifredo Lam, Matta, Rufino Tamayo and Frida Kahlo. In this revised edition, a new final section presents the leading artists of today, some of whose work in the fields of interactive installation, photography and video art reveals a continent embracing the experimental and the new.
Edward Lucie-Smith is the author of numerous books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms, Furniture, Movements in Art Since 1945, Symbolist Art and Sexuality in Western Art, all in the World of Art series.
1. Forerunners and Independents; 2. The First Modern Movements; 3. Mexican Muralism; 4. Muralism Beyond Mexico; 5. The Exiles; 6. Mexico: Four Women and One Man; 7. A Climate of Change; 8. Geometric Abstraction; 9. Informal Abstraction; 10. Expressionist Tendencies; 11. Realism, Pop Art and Surrealism; 12. The Present Day