Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous artists in the world, recognizable by face as well as name. But, when pressed to name another Latina artist, many would give pause, so underrepresented these women are in the history of art. The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, has taken strides to correct this with Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, on view now through December 31, 2017.
Presenting over 260 works by more than 100 artists from 15 countries, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 is the first history of experimental art practices by Latinas including Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Zilia Sánchez, Feliza Burztyn, Sophie Rivera, and Margarita Paksa, among others.
The exhibition centers on the politicization of the female body, which has long been a topic in both life and art where it has historically been treated as an object to be owned and controlled, more often than not. Perhaps this could be due to the absence of women from the spaces that created the rules and representations themselves—but with their arrival on the scene, the balance of power began to shift.
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Photo: Paz Errázuriz (Chilean, b. 1944), La Palmera, from the series La manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1987. Digital archival pigment print on Canson platinum paper. 19 5/8 × 23 1/2 in. (49.8 × 59.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Galeria AFA, Santiago. Artwork © the artist.