An Unauthorized History of Post-Mexican School Muralism

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Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | History | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Latin American History | Latin American Languages and Societies


“This chapter takes a historically and politically grounded view of Mexican mural art in the post-Mexican School era. The more conventional view of mural art, which focuses on the individual image, tends to obscure much late twentieth-century Mexican mural production and fails to recognize the aesthetic value of murals not authorized by the Mexican state. The official view of Mexican muralism combines a conventional view of art with the conservatism of the post-Revolutionary Mexican state. A focus on the practical entanglements of mural art in Mexico with public space, social communication, and political conflict brings into view a broader and more diverse field of mural production.”