Neobarroco Mexicano: The Ins and Outs

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The 'neobarroco mexicano' is here defined as a vital impulse of the past fifteen years, set in opposition to modernist and postmodernist aesthetics, and offering possibilities for social critique. While the emergence of an international Neo-Baroque has encouraged Mexican artists to reengage seventeenth-century art, the native context and history has given specific shape and meaning to this reengagement. Just as the Baroque was both an international artistic language and distinctively native tradition, contemporary artists who draw on Baroque themes, styles, techniques and forms enter both local and global discourses, and create works which act as two-way mirrors, reflecting on the American situation while also looking out to the larger world.

This paper outlines the breadth of the neobarroco mexicano by way of four major themes: representation, the body, reenchantment, and theatricality. Artists considered include Yishai Jusidman, Francis Alÿs, Melanie Smith, Daniel Lezama, Monica Castillo, Rocío Maldonado, Javier Marín, Rafael Cauduro, Teresa Margolles, and Daniela Rossell.

Keywords: Neo-Baroque, Mexico, Contemporary, Alÿs, Castillo, Lezama, Margolles, Jusidman, Smith, Maldonado, Marín, Cauduro, Rossell
Stream: Analysing Artforms
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Neobarroco Mexicano,

Christopher Fulton

Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts
Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville

Louisville, KY, USA

A scholar of Italian Renaissance art, Prof. Fulton is the author of An
Earthly Paradise: The Medici, Their Collection, and the Foundations of
Modern Art, as well as articles on Donatello, Savonarola, portrayals of
youth, and other subjects. He has recently entered the field of Mexican
art with various studies on modern iconography and practice.

Ref: A07P0058