Megan Sullivan

Biography

Megan Sullivan studies modern and contemporary art from Latin America. Her research and teaching focus on abstraction, modernism in a global context, the relationship of aesthetic modernism and social and economic modernization outside of the North Atlantic, and artistic and intellectual exchanges between Latin America and other regions over course of the 20th century.  Sullivan teaches courses on modern and contemporary Latin American art as well as courses that approach modernism as a global phenomenon.


Sullivan’s current book project, Modernism on the Margins: Latin America’s New Histories of Abstraction, analyzes questions of progress, history, agency, and modernization in the work of four key abstract artists working in South America between the mid-1930s and the early 1960s. She is also co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, forthcoming in 2019.

Her next research project will treat artistic engagements with the rural interior of the South American continent.

Publications

A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art

Edited with Alejandro Anreus and Robin Greeley, Wiley-Blackwell
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2019

"The Realism-Abstraction Debate in Latin America: Four Questions," in A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, co-edited with Alejandro Anreus and Robin Greeley (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2019)

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“Nature and Modernization in the Vargas Brothers’ Nocturnes: A Mediated Encounter,” Oxford Art Journal 40.3 (2017)

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“Alejandro Otero’s Polychrome: Color Between Nature and Abstraction,” October 152 (2015)

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Competing Collectivities: The Abstraction-Social Realism Debates in Mid-Century Latin America, in A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, co-edited with Alejandro Anreus and Robin Greeley (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)

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“To Make an Inner Time: A Conversation with Gabriel Orozco,” October 130 (2009)

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Profiles

Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Lisa Zaher
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow