Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin America
Essays by Hans Michael Herzog, Sébastian Lopez and Eugenio Valdés Figueroa.
The Hours--the title alludes to a work by Argentine author and philosopher Jorge Luis Borges--offers a first representative selection of works from the Daros-Latinamerica Collection, the most extensive cache of contemporary Latin American art in Europe, and one of the largest in the world. The collection is weighted toward work created in the past 20 years, and it covers a wide range of media, from installations and objects to videos, paintings, drawings, artists' books and performances. Taken together, the works profiled here offer a complex picture of a vast cultural region, full of widely differing faces, identities and interests. Despite the presence of some familiar names, among them Fabian Marcaccio, Guillermo Kuitca, Alfredo Jaar and Vik Muniz, the vibrant art scene documented here remains largely unexplored by North American and European viewers. Short, succinct texts guide the reader on this journey of discovery.