Avant-garde Art and Criticism in Francoist Spain

 

Janvier 2017 — Nouvelle publication d’un programme partenaire

Avant-garde Art and Criticism in Francoist Spain

by Paula Barreiro López (Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s), University of Barcelona)
Liverpool University Press, January 2017

Publisher’s review  :

« This groundbreaking book surveys the shifts in the aesthetic discourse and artistic practises that decisively influenced the shaping of the avant-garde during Franco’s dictatorship (1939-1975). On the basis of extensive, so far unpublished, archival material, it discusses the intellectual and cultural field as an important battlefield for fight- ing the regime from within. The study opens with a comprehensive historical overview on the cultural world from the end of the Spanish Civil War throughout Francoism and reveals for the first time the broader intellectual and cultural context of vanguard art considering the special relations and negotiation processes between artist, critics and institutions during a major gap in the historiography of post-war Spanish culture: the late Franco dictatorship (1959-1975). It then analyses in depth the important role that a group of art critics played as theoreticians and peers in key artistic movements from the 1950s onwards. Using their extensive international networks in the midst of the Cold War period, they decisively influenced the aesthetic and cultural debates of their time and very concretely helped shaping a completely new discourse for the avant-garde in Spain. »

The author :

Paula Barreiro López is a lecturer in Art History at the University of Barcelona and head of the international research project Modernidad(es) Descentralizada(s). She is the author of La abstracción geométrica en España (2009).

Additional details :

234 x 156 mm | 368pp. | HB ISBN: 9781781383223 | £80.00 | January 2017

Online distribution : www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk 

See also : Liverpool University Press release (PDF)

 


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