Beyond National Identity

Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 19201960

By (author) Michele Greet

Paperback - £53.95

Publication date:

03 November 2009

Length of book:

312 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271034706

Indigenism is not folk art. It is a vanguard movement conceived of by intellectuals and artists conversant in international modernist idioms and defined in response to global trends. Beyond National Identity traces changes in Andean artists’ vision of indigenous peoples as well as shifts in the critical discourse surrounding their work between 1920 and 1960. By challenging the notion of pictorial indigenism as a direct expression of national identity, Greet demonstrates the complexity of the indigenists’ critical engagement with European and pan-American cultural developments and presents the trend in its global context. Through case studies of works by three internationally renowned Ecuadoran artists, Camilo Egas, Eduardo Kingman Riofrío, and Oswaldo Guayasamín Calero, Beyond National Identity pushes the idea of modernism in new directions—both geographically and conceptually—to challenge the definitions and boundaries of modern art.

“This book makes an excellent contribution to the literature on Latin American art and culture. On the basis of providing new insights into understudied but significant figures alone, this book is invaluable.”

—Katherine Manthorne, CUNY Graduate Center