University of California Press is pleased to announce a new book series, Studies on Latin American Art, developed though a major gift from the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA).

Through insightful texts and images, books in the series—the first of its kind to be published by an academic press—will explore the history, importance, and global and regional influence of Latin American art in the 20th and 21st centuries. International and cosmopolitan in scope, the series seeks to address the production, exhibition, and dissemination of art in and between countries and continents, present and analyze innovative research concerning intellectual content-making in Central and South America, and broaden the public for exciting new scholarship on the area. Titles in English, as well as translations of exceptional studies by Central and South American scholars, will be featured. Topics include art history, exhibition history, investigations of the relation between the art and social context of specific nations, comparative analyses of different cultural traditions and milieus, in-depth monographic examinations of important artists or artistic collectives, and interdisciplinary works that bridge the fields of art history, media studies, architecture, literature, film, anthropology, and cultural criticism.

“We are looking forward to continuing our longtime celebration of Latin American art in all its diversity and impact through this new book series,” says UC Press Executive Director Tim Sullivan. “We are particularly delighted to be joining forces with the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, and are extremely grateful for its generous contribution that will help to make this major publishing initiative possible.”

ISLAA President and Founder Ariel Aisiks is similarly enthusiastic about the book series: “For many years, ISLAA has championed the investigation and promotion of cutting-edge scholarship on Latin American art. I am certain that this exciting partnership with UC Press will further ISLAA’s mission, and increase awareness and appreciation of groundbreaking Latin American art among readers far and wide.”

UC Press art history editor Nadine Little will lead the project and work closely with chief series editor Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Barnard College and the author of numerous books including Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin American Art (University of Chicago Press). As Alberro states, “Thanks to the enlightened support of the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and the initiative and foresight of the University of California Press, the new book series is positioned to make an enormous scholarly contribution to the study of Latin American art.”

The first title in the Studies on Latin American Art series is anticipated to publish in Spring 2019.


About the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art
The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is an initiative of the Geo Global Foundation devoted to the support of advanced research in the field of Latin American art studies. ISLAA plays an international role in fostering and promoting Latin American art research through distinguished grants, partnerships, and support of lectures, conferences, and publications. ISLAA is dedicated to advancing and nurturing Latin American art research and developing international networks for the exchange of ideas and resources. ISLAA concentrates on long-term capacity building strategies and programs that support future generations of scholars, art historians, and museum professionals.

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