This essay by Águeda Hernández, the curator and gallery director, is part of the catalogue for the Marisol exhibition held at the Estudio Actual in Caracas featuring the Venezuelan-American sculptor born in Paris, Marisol [Escobar] (b. 1930). It is significant because it covers the celebrated artist’s first solo show in Venezuela. In spite of reporting on such an important event, the text is surprising for its brevity. At the time of the show, Marisol had already been recognized by the mainstream, but was nevertheless little known by the Venezuelan public, and given this fact, one might suppose the text could have served to disseminate her work more deeply by definitively introducing the artist to the national art scene of the country. Especially because the only previous publication is the catalogue text in Spanish by Clara Diament Sujo for the thirty-fourth Venice Biennale of 1968. Instead, Hernández limits herself to extolling Marisol’s creative virtues, perhaps so that the national public could discover on their own the true significance of her work. Although she was not born in Venezuela, and had lived only a short time in the nation, Marisol is considered a Venezuelan artist. The author [of this text] is therefore surprised that she had not previously exhibited in Caracas; and expressed curiosity about the international reaction to this first showing of her work. The author also predicts that this show will be the first of many.
There are two texts by critic and curator Roberto Guevara on the celebrated artist of the 1960s “Con Marisol y a veces sin ella. Crónica de una no entrevista.” [With Marisol and at Times Without Her: Chronicle of a Non-Interview] [see the ICAA digital archive 11637330; and his other text, “Para encontrar a Marisol” [To Find Marisol] (1163541). Also see the text by Margarita D’Amico, “Marisol: Un acuario para soñar” [Marisol: An Aquarium for Dreaming] (1163605); the text by Akiko Hyuga, “Marisol: Marisol in the 60s—Social Satire and Search for Identity” (1163366); and the essay by Venezuelan journalist Albor, “Marisol madera fina” [Marisol Fine Wood] (1163525)].