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Fabiola Martínez, Ph.D.

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Ph.D. University of the Arts, London, UK
M.A. Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture, University Collage London, UK
B.A. History of Art, Sussex University, UK

Practice Areas

  • Mexican Art XIX and XX Centuries
  • Art and Visual Culture

Research Interests

2015 - 2018
Member of the research group Descentralized Modernities: art, politics, and counterculture in the Transatlantic axis during the Cold War

Sept 2013 to Aug 2014
“The Mexican Connection: Forging American Modernism in New York 1920-1945”
Terra Foundation Senior Fellow in American Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sept 2012 to date
Member of the research network Peninsula. Procesos coloniales y prácticas artísticas y curatoriales, hosted by the Reina Sofía Museum. My research contributes to the sub-group “Modernidad(es)”.

Publications and Media Placements

2015. Modernidad y vanguardia: rutas de intercambio y diálogo entre España y Latinoamérica, co-editor with Paula Barreiro López, and Jesús Carrillo, Museo Reina Sofía.

The paradoxes of modernism and the divided legacies of surrealism and abstraction in Mexico”, in Modernidad y vanguardia.

“Representing the Nation: art and identity in Porfirian Mexico”, in National Identities, vol. 15, no. 4, pp 333-355. Peer Reviewed.

2008. “Legitimising Difference: mestizaje and criollismo in the construction of national narratives in Mexico”, in Orientes – Occidentes. El arte y la mirada del otro. XXVII Coloquio Internacional de Historia del Arte. Mexico City:IIE-UNAM.

2008. Art as lived experience: neo-avant garde expressions of mexicanidad”, in Part Journal of the CUNY PhD Program in Art History.

2001. “Consolidation and Renewal: Otto Samson and the Horniman Museum” in A. Shelton (ed.) Collectors Individuals and Institutions, London: The Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Book Reviews 

2015. Exhibition Review of The Return of the Snake. Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture, Museum Reina Sofía Nov 2014 - April 2015, in CAA Reviews.

2009. “Avant-garde aesthetics and nationhood: the cultural history of post-revolutionary Mexico (1920 – 1950)”, (Review of The Eagle and the Virgin. Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920 – 1940 eds. Mary Kay Vaughan and Stephen E. Lewis; and Mexican Modernity. The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution by Rubén Gallo), in Art History, 32:3

. “The disciplinary challenges of an ‘all-inclusive’ study of art, (Review of Thinking with Things. Toward a New Vision of Art  by Esther Pasztory), in Art History, 29:5.

Honors and Awards

January - September 2016
Terra Foundation for American Art, Academic Programs Grant for project 'Cold Atlantic: cultural war, dissident artistic practices, networks and contact zones at the time of the Iron Curtain'.

July 2016
Short Visiting Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the project: "Competing hegemonies during the Cold War: las bienales interamericanas de pintura y grabado en México 1958-1960".

Sept 2013 - Aug 2014
Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

February 2006
Kress Foundation International Travel Fellowship to attend CAA conference in Boston.

UK Arts & Humanities Research Council doctoral award.