Radical Virtuosity: Ana Mendieta and the Black Atlantic

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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 2.0 pounds

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"By showing how a black Atlantic frame challenges received notions about performance and transience, Hyacinthe has achieved not only a defining study about Mendieta which is as virtuosic as the artwork she describes, but moreover has produced a benchmark of black Atlantic art history. Where is Ana Mendieta? She is everywhere, if we know how to look. 'Radical Virtuosity' helps viewers to do so in fresh and vital ways."
--Art History

"Groundbreaking...Hyacinthe brilliantly reframes Mendieta's celebrated works, and makes us see them anew."

"In her new book Radical Virtuosity: Ana Mendieta and the Black Atlantic (MIT Press, 2019), art historian Genevieve Hyacinthe locates the work of Ana Mendieta among the creative practices and politics of the black Atlantic--a term coined by scholar Paul Gilroy to refer to the distinct, hybrid culture that emerged as a result of the forced migration of black people during the slave trade and incorporates elements of African, American, British, and Caribbean traditions. In the book, Hyacinthe argues that Mendieta, who fled Cuba in her youth and grew up in foster care in the United States, connected myriad marginalized communities through her work, which was pervaded by a sense of exile."
--Art in America