(Image: Americas Society Visual Arts Instagram)

(Image: Americas Society Visual Arts Instagram)


The New York Times Features Two Americas Society Books in "Best Art Books of 2022"

By Jason Farago, Holland Cotter, and Roberta Smith

Publications about Geles Cabrera: Museo Escultórico and This Must Be the Place were included on the list.

Lots of NFT art collections nose-dived in this year’s crypto crash, but a well-stocked library will never lose its value. Museums, galleries and art institutions have not yet lost faith in high-quality print publications in this screened-out century, and even as venues for cultural debate keep shrinking — pour one out for Bookforum, the lively art-adjacent book review that shuttered this week — art publishing remains in fine fettle, with more titles every year than even the most committed bibliomaniac could peruse. My fellow critics and I have selected here some of the best we read in 2022: splashy or studious, affordable or investment-grade, all of them worthy of a space on your shelves. […]

Geles Cabrera: Museo Escultórico

Now 96 and sometimes referred to as Mexico’s “first female sculptor,” for half a century Geles Cabrera produced small-scale, semiabstract cast and carved female forms and displayed them in her own custom-built garden-museum. For a compact career survey, Americas Society created a mini-version of that museum and published a tiny takeaway souvenir catalog that distills the essence of a treasurable artist’s life and work. (Americas Society/ISLAA (Institute for Studies on Latin American Art)…

This Must Be the Place: An Oral History of Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975

Finally, rounding out the saga of a city, and an art world, in the process of inclusionary transformation, I found a page-turner in another Americas Society book, the catalog for the exhibition “This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975.” It’s a chronicle of young artists who migrated north to the city to visit or to stay; who mingled — or didn’t — with Latino artists already here; and who, by being here, permanently changed what “art” and “American” meant. (Americas Society/ISLAA (Institute for Studies on Latin American Art.)…

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