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The Americas Revealed

Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States

Edited by Edward J. Sullivan

COMING IN JUNE

$69.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-07952-3
Coming in June

224 pages
8" × 10"
48 color/16 b&w illustrations
2018
Co-published with The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection Studies in the History of Art Collecting in America

The Americas Revealed

Collecting Colonial and Modern Latin American Art in the United States

Edited by Edward J. Sullivan

“Edward Sullivan has long been at the forefront in championing Latin American art and its history in the United States. He is, therefore, the perfect person to edit a book on collecting Latin American art in this country. This is an entirely new, exciting, and useful contribution to a field that will no doubt welcome it with open arms.”

 

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In The Americas Revealed, distinguished art historian and curator Edward J. Sullivan brings together a vibrant group of essays that explore the formation, in the United States, of public and private collections of art from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Americas.

The contributors to this volume trace the major milestones and emerging approaches to collecting and presenting Spanish Colonial and modern Latin American art by museums, galleries, private collections, and corporations from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. In chronicling the roles played by determined collectors from New York to San Francisco, the essays examine a range of subjects from MoMA’s mid-twentieth-century acquisition strategies to the growing taste on the West Coast for the work of Diego Rivera. They consider the impact of various political shifts on art collecting, from reactions against the “American exceptionalism” of the Monroe Doctrine to the aesthetic biases of government-sponsored art academies in Mexico, Rio de Janeiro, and Havana. The final three chapters focus on living collectors such as Roberta and Richard Huber, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, and Estrellita B. Brodsky.

A thorough and definitive account of the changing course of private and public collections and their important connection to underlying political and cultural relations between the United States and Latin American countries, this volume gives a rare glimpse into the practice of collecting from the collectors’ own point of view.

In addition to the editor, contributors to this volume are Miriam Margarita Basilio, Estrellita B. Brodsky, Vanessa K. Davidson, Anna Indych-López, Ronda Kasl, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Berit Potter, Delia Solomons, Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt, Mari Carmen Ramírez, and Joseph Rishel.

“Edward Sullivan has long been at the forefront in championing Latin American art and its history in the United States. He is, therefore, the perfect person to edit a book on collecting Latin American art in this country. This is an entirely new, exciting, and useful contribution to a field that will no doubt welcome it with open arms.”
“Latin American art cannot be understood only from archives and national collections in Latin American countries; the institutional and private collections developed in the United States are fundamental. This book proves that with extraordinary excellence.”
“Edward Sullivan presents this topic with the updated perspective and intellectual enthusiasm that it needs to succeed in the newly configured relations between the United States and the rest of the Americas. How and why such collecting began in earnest and the cultural and political forces that sustained it are the topics of these deftly argued essays. The large and unwieldy concept of ‘the Americas’ is truly and convincingly ‘revealed’ through this sophisticated anthology. Original and engrossing.”
“In addition to its focus on the fascinating history of the collecting of Latin American art in the United States, this volume provides an illuminating study of its reception in American museums and private collections. Critical and insightful essays by art historians, curators, and collectors highlight key episodes in this engaging subject and provide essential background for today’s rapidly growing interest in the art of the region.”
The Americas Revealed provides a rich overview of the history of collecting Latin American art from the viceregal period to the present in the United States. The eleven chapters provide thought-provoking studies on a number of key institutions and individuals and their motives for collecting this material—personal, political, and economic. What emerges is a complex picture of an equally complex region. Despite numerous political contingencies and shifts in taste, as this volume eloquently shows, collecting and interpreting the art of Latin America has a long history in the United State that continues to reverberate today.”

Edward J. Sullivan is Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art at New York University. He is the author of more than thirty books and exhibition catalogues on Latin American and Caribbean art.