The Cold War in Latin America: Art and Politics
CHAPTER 4: Radicalization of the Politics (1960s-early 1970s)
As the United States pursued an interventionist foreign policy and turned its focus to Asia and Vietnam, relations with Latin America grew progressively terse. The Alliance for Progress failed to achieve the economic development it had promised, and the hardened stance of the Cuban revolutionary regime polarized political discourse throughout region. Unable to resolve a deepening economic crises, many governments in the area faced violent confrontations with radicalized groups who felt politically disenfranchised. During this time, artists addressed the increasing sense of social alienation, and anti-imperialist anxieties led to a questioning of foreign models in artistic works.