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Dematerialization: Art and Design in Latin America

Abstract

Dematerialization examines the intertwined experimental practices and critical discourses of art and industrial design in Argentina, Mexico, and Chile in the 1960s and 1970s. Provocative in nature, this book investigates the way that artists, critics, and designers considered the relationship between the crisis of the modernist concept of artistic medium and the radical social transformation brought about by the accelerated capitalist development of the preceding decades. Beginning with Oscar Masotta’s sui generis definition of the term, Karen Benezra proposes dematerialization as a critical operation in contemporary discussions of aesthetics, artistic collectivism, and industrial design. Benezra shows how disputes over the materiality of the art and design object also questioned the role of the subject in social transformation. Dematerialization brings new insights to the fields of art history, critical theory, and Latin American cultural studies.

Benezra, Karen. Dematerialization: Art and Design in Latin America. California UP, 2020.

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