Raphael Montañez Ortiz

Edited by Javier Rivero Ramos, the monograph seeks to redress the scarcity of bibliographical resources dedicated to the life and work of an artist who early on committed himself to push and exceed disciplinary boundaries. Sailing through the wake of abstract expressionism into recycled cinema and afterwards into object-oriented and performance-based destructivist art. Raphael Montañez Ortiz has spent more than six decades at the forefront of American postwar art.The monograph features leading voices in the visual arts world. For example, artist Pedro Reyes who shares an intimate conversation with Raphael Montañez Ortiz in his New Jersey home. In their dialogue they focused on his long career and on how we can transform violence into a creative experience.Kevin Hatch, Associate Professor of Art History at State University of New York offers an examination of Montañez Ortiz's revolutionary experimentation in the media of film and video, as well as his aptitude for creative self-fashioning.Finally, Chon Noriega, Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center who explains seventeen propositions that were pivotal in Raphael Montañez Ortiz's formation as a human being and as an artist. The monograph concludes with a curriculum vitae of the artist's extensive trajectory, updated and revised by PhD candidate Ana Perry.


El Museo del Barrio in collaboration with Editorial RM