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Art and human nature

Author(s): Mirta Toledo

Journal: Avances en Psicología Latinoamericana
ISSN 1794-4724

Volume: 26;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Latin art | African-American art | Diversity | Identity | Multiculturalism | arte latino | arte afroamericano | diversidad | identidad | multiculturalismo

This article presents a visual artist’s point of view about art. This view confronts the Eurocentric traditional cannon with some ignored, but valuable traditions, thus proposing a contra-canon. These ideas are examined on the light of a variety of sources, including prehistoric, pre-Columbian, and 20th century art expressions, in a variety of media, from sculpture to literature. Recent art expressions are characterized by their incorporation of minority values and perspectives that challenge “universal” views. Using samples of works from Latino and African American artists, the author shows that, even today, art is a means to know the world and its people, to exhibit personal life, to create personal symbolism, and to show one’s identity or the search for it. Like the human nature it represents, art has multiple faces.

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