News Release

Greet receives funding for Abstraction in the Andes, 1950 - 1970

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Michele Greet, Director, Art History Program, received funding for: “Abstraction in the Andes, 1950-1970.” 

She will examine the emergence of abstract painting in Andean countries (Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia) in the 1950s and 1960s. She will explore artists’ newfound interest in pre-Columbian art as source material as well as the circulation of ideas from Europe and the United States.  

Although abstract art rapidly gained acceptance throughout Latin America after World War II, until recently, studies of abstract painting in the region have focused on the geometric styles that emerged in Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela. Different variants of abstraction developed simultaneously in the Andes, where artists incorporated local aesthetics to create a unique interpretation of the trend.  

Greet will not only challenge perceptions of abstraction as primarily the product of U.S. and European environments, but also will demonstrate how this art form can engage regional cultural heritage and serve local goals while simultaneously entering dialogue with global aesthetic movements. 

Greet will receive $50,000 from the National Gallery of Art for this project. Funding will begin in Sept. 2024 and will end in May 2025. 



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