cover image Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America

Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America

Jacqueline Barnitz. University of Texas Press, $70 (424pp) ISBN 978-0-292-70857-0

From ""Modernismo and the Break with Academic Art"" to ""Some Trends of the 1980s,"" Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America aims to ""fill the need for a structured, sequential discussion of this art in its diverse contexts and interrelationships,"" writes author Jacqueline Barnitz, professor of modern Latin American art at the University of Texas at Austin. Wilfredo Lam, Frieda Kahlo, Roberto Matta and Jos Clemente Orozco are all here, as are many other less well-known yet compelling artists. Nearly every page of this large-format history (which could be used as an introductory course text) has at least one of the 105 color or 204 b&w reproductions, and Barnitz's careful chronology gives plenty of social and aesthetic contexts for the work. ( Apr.)