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