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Art Does Not Fit Here

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Colombian Conceptual art of the early 1970s emerged at a time when, internationally, Conceptual art seemed to be the new avant-garde. An examination of the ways in which Colombian Conceptual artists created their work in critical dialogue with international Conceptualism complements recent studies that explain Latin American Conceptualism as distinct from European and United States Conceptual art due to its definitively political profile. Yet this art cannot be explained solely vis-à-vis international Conceptualism. To understand why it emerged and how it differs from Conceptualism elsewhere, it must be seen within political context of Colombia, which was an environment marked by the growth of left-wing guerilla groups and social protest wherein intellectuals, especially within Colombia's National University, were questioning their role in fostering political revolution.

Keywords: Antonio Caro; Bernardo Salcedo; Colombian art; Gina McDaniel Tarver; Jorge Posada; Manuel Quintín Lame; action research; avant-garde art; conceptualism; internationalism; political art

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2012

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