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Karen Mary Davalos

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479877966

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479877966.001.0001

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Tours of Influence

Tours of Influence

Chicana/o Artists in Europe and Asia

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Chicana/o Remix

Karen Mary Davalos

NYU Press

This chapter documents the influence of Europe and Asia on Chicana/o artists who traveled abroad. It examines the travels of eleven artists and finds that their international journeys influenced their style, composition, and use of color. Europe also taught some artists, such as David Botello and Leo Limón, to invest in public art and art for the people before this orientation was articulated as a platform of the Chicano movement. By taking up a topic long dismissed by scholars, critics, and curators, the chapter offers new insights about Chicana/o art and proposes new methodologies that reject the essentialist tendencies of normative art history and other disciplines that prescribe and presume the biographies of artists of color. The chapter closes with a discussion of the politics of visibility and the challenge of tracing the influence of European aesthetic traditions on marginalized artists without reinforcing the myth of assimilation.

Keywords:   aesthetic influence, European aesthetic tradition, European Grand Tour, assimilationist, visibility, decolonial methods, David Botello, John Valadez, Linda Vallejo

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