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Carla Stellweg and Martha Hellion Artists' Books From Mexico (1982)
  • Title: Artists' Books From Mexico
  • Holdings: photo gallery
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: 26 May-26 Jun 1982
  • Location: Franklin Furnace, New York, New York, USA
  • Type-Format: installation
  • Credits: Exhibition curated by Carla Stellweg and Martha Hellion; Artists' books by Peyote & Cia, El No-Group, Isma Vargas, Judith Gutierrez, Jorge Salazar, Jan Hendrix, Maris Bustamante, Miguel Cervantes, and Alfredo Nunez.

Carla Stellweg and Martha Hellion Artists' Books From Mexico (1982)

Artists’ Books From Mexico (1982) showcases the diverse bookmaking practices of Mexican visual and performance artists. This was the first exhibition of artists’ books from Mexico presented in New York City, which resulted from the sociopolitical contexts that impacted 1970s conceptual art and visual culture worldwide. The artists’ books included herein challenged standard forms of publishing at the time, especially in Latin America where political subject matter continues to be censored by the media and suppressed by the government. These experimental books encompass differing aesthetic forms—visual, textual, and sculptural—as well as convey a range of narratives surrounding the political climate in Mexico. Artists’ Books From Mexico was co-curated by Carla Stellweg and Martha Hellion.

Carla Stellweg is a Latin-Americanist who has worked as a museum director, writer, editor, curator, and professor. She is considered a pioneer for her efforts in introducing Latin American and Latino contemporary art to New York City. Stellweg began her career working as an assistant curator to Fernando Gamboa, the renowned museum builder who organized numerous international exhibitions on Mexican art and culture. At the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, she founded and edited Artes Visuales—the first bilingual contemporary art journal that was renowned for its reportage on Latin American, international, and conceptual art. She also served as Deputy Director of the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park. Stellweg's forty-year archive consisting of her curatorial work, writing, and professional activities is housed at Stanford University’s Special Collection Library.

Martha Hellion is a visual artist, radical publisher, and freelance curator. She is founder of the Center of Research and Documentation on Artists' Publications in Mexico City—an institution that presents, distributes, and disseminates publications. Hellion is the also editor of Ulises Carrión: Libros de artista (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2003). With David Mayor, Chris Welch, and Madeleine Gallard, she co-founded the Beau Geste Press, a Fluxus associated enterprise that was part of the transnational avant-garde in the 1970s. The collective published eight issues of Schmuck magazine from 1972-1978. They also published artists' books by Felipe Ehrenberg, David Mayor, Carolee Schneemann, Michael Nyman, Michael Legett, Allen Fisher, Ulises Carrión, and Cecilia Vicuña. The goal of the press was to publish materials that fostered international relationships between visual artists.