Cristóbal F. Barria Bignotti

Two moments of Latin American Art Criticism of the XX century

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This article aims to analyse the most significant epistemological changes in Latin American criticism between the decades of the 1970's and 90's via the comparison of two of the most important compendiums of Latin American art criticism: "America Latina en sus Artes", published by UNESCO in 1974, and "Beyond the Fantastic", published by the British Institute InIVA in 1995. In doing so, this article deepens: the consideration of Latin America as a 'place' from where to announce a discourse about art practices, the relation of the idea of 'Latin American Art' with the questioning of the autonomy of art, and the relation between this idea and the change in the study of art practices, from a discipline as Art History to different fields of studies as 'Visual Studies' and 'Latin American Studies'.

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