Laura Karp Lugo: Latin American Art in the Post-Colonial Era

Xul Solar, Drago, 1927, acuarela sobre papel, 25,5 x 32 cm, Buenos Aires, Museo Xul Solar

Xul Solar, Drago, 1927, acuarela sobre papel, 25,5 x 32 cm, Buenos Aires, Museo Xul Solar

A Transnational History of Latin American Art in the Post-Colonial Era

The aim of this project is to study the history of contemporary Latin American art (19th and 20th centuries) from a transnational perspective. Two main lines organize this work. The first one focuses on transfers and confluences and considers Latin American art beyond national borders extending to other Latin American countries, Europe, and the United States. Mapping the connections will help visualize the mobility of artists, patterns, artworks and the press. Primary sources will be central to the study of the diffusion and reception of Latin American artists and their work. The ambition here is also to shed light on how and why Latin American art arrived in foreign collections. A second major axis concerns a Latin America confronted with foreign art. Researching mobilities, diffusions and receptions of artists from abroad will allow this project to carry out a transcontextual study of Latin American cultural hubs. The aim here is also to better understand local versions or stylistic strengths of each region in response to foreign art. My research aims to answer the question: How have Latin American countries built their own art style by mixing tradition and modernity, in both international and national contexts?

Laura Karp Lugo has a PhD in Art History from the University Paris 1. In the course of her doctoral studies, she received graduate fellowships to complete her dissertation “Beyond the Pyrenees: Catalan Artists in Paris at the Turn of the 20th Century,” defended in 2014. Her work has been awarded the Prize of the Musée d’Orsay 2015 and will be published as a book in 2016. Since 2007, she has served as a research assistant at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (Paris), where she co-organized symposiums, seminars and an exhibition of artworks by Emile Bernard (with Neil McWilliam, Duke University). Her publications include articles in Spanish, English, French and Catalan. Her last article was published in K. Carter & S. Waller, Foreign Artists and Communities in Modern Paris (Ashgate, 2015). She is an associate researcher at InTRu (Interactions, transferts et ruptures artistiques et culturels), a research laboratory at the University of Tours, where she currently teaches art history.


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