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Learning from MadnessBrazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art$
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Kaira M. Cabañas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556284

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226556314.001.0001

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Monolingualism of the Global

Monolingualism of the Global

(p.143) 5 Monolingualism of the Global
Learning from Madness

Kaira M. Cabañas

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 5 considers the exhibition of psychiatric patients’ art in the global contemporary art circuit, a contemporary history of which Arthur Bispo do Rosário also forms a part. The chapter examines how psychiatric patients’ work has been included in international exhibitions (e.g., 11th Lyon Biennial in 2011, the 30th Bienal de São Paulo in 2012, 55th Venice Biennial in 2013) and considers why the outsider artist reappears at the moment when definitions of global contemporary art are at stake. In their turn to beauty, the poetic, and the encyclopedic as unifying themes, the author asks whether these exhibitions’ curators overlook the divergent histories of the critical and the clinical. As a countermodel to this trend, the chapter analyzes contemporary artists who in their work engage the history of radical psychiatry and the legacy of creative expression within it, among them, Javier Téllez and Alejandra Riera.

Keywords:   Bienal de São Paulo, Venice Biennial, global biennials, Javier Téllez, global contemporary art, monolingualism, pseudomorphism, radical psychiatry

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