“Multiples By Latin American Artists”

Franklin Furnace

This show, curated by Fatima Bercht, offered New York audiences their first extended look at contemporary artists’ books, mail art, and other printed matter by Latin Americans. These forms of expression, free from the usual commercial pressures and constraints of the art market, have provided Latin American artists with alternative means of communication with their audiences, according to Bercht. The rise in interest in multiples in the region coincided with the increased availability of industrial printing and reproductive technology that took place in Latin America during the ’60s and ’70s; other stimulating influences were the conceptual art and mail art movements. The same factors figure no less prominently in North American responses, and like North American or European art of this kind Latin American multiples embrace an amazingly diverse group of formats, styles, and issues.

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