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Contemporary Art Mexico
Editor: Hossein Amirsadeghi
Executive editor: Catherine Petitgas
With essays by Tanya Barson, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, María Minera
Hardback, 29 x 25 cm, 332pp.
With over 750 photographs
Mexico has one of the richest cultural traditions in Latin America, with roots extending deep into ancient Mesoamerican culture. It should therefore come as no surprise that the country is at the forefront of the global contemporary-art scene.
The Mexican scene itself has undergone a major revival in the past few years, culminating with the opening, in 2013, of the Fundación Jumex in Mexico City. A showcase for Latin America’s largest private contemporary-art collection, Jumex’s state-of-the art building (designed by British architect David Chipperfield) has become a forum for debate and education that is helping to re-energise the country’s creativity. Mexico City’s contemporary-art fair Zona MACO (in its eleventh edition as of 2014) is thriving, contributing to the increasing visibility of Mexico on the international stage. This in turn has enabled younger galleries to prosper, among them Proyectos Monclova, Labor and Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, thus providing platforms for young artists from both Mexico and abroad. Several publicly owned institutions are also enjoying a revival, especially the newly expanded Museo Tamayo as well as such smaller institutions as SAPS, El Eco and El Chopo. This renewed focus is turning Mexico into a magnet for international artists, curators and galleries alike. There could not be a better time to assess the main contributors to the dynamism of the Mexican scene.
Extensively illustrated and based on the most up-to-date research, Contemporary Art Mexico highlights 115 of the most prominent players, including 72 artists and 43 personalities and institutions. Featured artists, who have been selected for their relevance to local practice, their engagement with their peers and their international profiles, include such older-generation figures as Graciela Iturbide and Eduardo Terrazas; influential figures from the 1990s such as Gabriel Orozco, Francis Alÿs, Damián Ortega and Melanie Smith; and such emerging talents as Edgardo Aragón, Iñaki Bonillas, Adriana Lara and Marco Rountree Cruz. Leading galleries, curators, collectors and other key cultural figures are also featured. Critical essays by María Minera, Daniel Garza Usabiaga and Tanya Barson provide a carefully crafted background against which contemporary developments can be both appreciated and understood.
Hossein Amirsadeghi is a long-time publisher, writer, editor and creative entrepreneur with a recent focus on the world of contemporary art. A Middle East specialist, he has written, edited and published many books on a wide range of subjects relating to the region. More recent art books include Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, Unleashed: Contemporary Art from Turkey, Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia, Contemporary Art Brazil, Korean Art: The Power of Now, Nordic Contemporary: Art from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios and Art Studio America: Contemporary Artist Spaces, all published by Thames & Hudson. He is currently working on London Burning, as well as surveys of contemporary art in Japan and Africa.
Tanya Barson has been Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London since 2007, having previously been Exhibitions and Collections Curator at Tate Liverpool. Most recently, she curated the acclaimed exhibition Mira Schendel (2013). Her other exhibitions have included Frida Kahlo (Tate Modern, 2005); Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic (Tate Liverpool, 2010) and The Peripatetic School: Itinerant Drawing from Latin America (Drawing Room, London, 2011).
Daniel Garza Usabiaga holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex. Having pursued postdoctoral studies at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he is the author of Mathias Goeritz and Emotional Architecture: A Critical Review, 1952–1968 (2012). Previously Curator at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, he is currently a curator at the Museo Universitario del Chopo.
María Minera, an independent scholar and critic based in Mexico City, currently teaches at SOMA. Since 1998 she has published in numerous cultural magazines and journals including El País, Letras libres, La Tempestad and Galleta China. She has also contributed to publications including Gabriel Orozco: Natural Motion (Moderna Museet Stockholm); Les Enfants terribles (Fundación Jumex); Pulsión y método: Gabriel de la Mora (Turner); and La revolución de la mirada (Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City).
Catherine Petitgas (MA, History of Modern Art, Courtauld Institute, London) is a lecturer in modern and contemporary art, as well as a collector, patron and benefactor of institutions in the UK and France. A trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery in London and of Gasworks/Triangle Network, she has been a member of the Tate Latin American Acquisitions Committee and the Council of the Serpentine Gallery since 2004, as well as a member of the Centre Pompidou Foundation.