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Papo Colo

ART IN LATIN AMERICA: THE MODERN ERA 1820–1980

By Dawn Ades et al., New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989, 361 pp., 100 color and 150 black and white illustrations.

Facing the enigmatic tragicomedy of the southern part of my continent, the Americas, I read and reread this book, feel its physical weight, put it on the coffee table, stare at the reproductions, see their order and at the same time listen to a record in which the working classes and political ideas meet in popular music, Rubén Blades’ Buscando America (Searching for America): “I’m searching for America, and I fear I won’t find it . . . /Those afraid of truth have made her disappear.” With this tender and inquisitive inspiration I reapproach the book, published to accompany an exhibition of the same title at the Hayward Gallery, London, last spring.

To put in one book the modern history of Latin American art, especially

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