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  • John Balossi
    Sanavio, Piero, 1930-
    Italian writer Piero Sanavio remarks on North American artist John Balossi’s sculpture as well as his influence on the art scene in Puerto Rico, where Balossi lived. In terms of Balossi’s work, Sanavio places emphasis on the interactive [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 863233

  • Juan Boza : interview with Ricardo Viera
    Boza, Juan, 1941-1991; Viera, Ricardo, 1945-
    In this interview, Ricardo Viera and Juan Boza discuss the latter’s artistic training in Cuba, including the schools that he attended; the awards that he won; his job as a designer at the Coliseo Nacional de Cultura [National Coliseum of Culture] [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847698

  • Juan Boza : reinventing himself
    Viera, Ricardo, 1945-
    In this short text, Ricardo Viera looks at the work of Cuban artist Juan Boza, following his immigration to the United States, and transition from “science fiction” based work to art based on Santería. Viera opens this essay with a discussion of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847679

  • Karen Lamassonne : cuando la pintura se mete al baño
    Duque, Carlos
    The Colombian publicist and photographer Carlos Duque interviews Karen Lamassonne, the versatile young artist who has worked in the fields of painting, printmaking, the movies, and video art. During the course of the interview, Duque enquires about [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1134451

  • L'Amérique latine
    Malato, Charles
    French anarchist and writer Charles Malato de Corné begins this brief article on Latin America for the first issue of Les Annales de la Jeunesse Laïque by informing the reader of border disputes that have been going on for too long and that are [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1054239

  • La imagen de México en Bruselas es la de un país que ha trabajado mucho por salir de la miseria y de la esclavitud
    Poniatowska, Elena
    This review by Elena Poniatowska describes the contents of the Mexican Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, focusing especially on the works of art exhibited. Underscoring the topic by using bold letters, the author of the article speaks in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 780082

  • La labor mexicanista de Adolfo Best Maugard
    This biographical sketch highlights Adolfo Best Maugard’s artistic career in the fields of dance, theater, book illustration, and teaching. Referring to Best Maugard’s visual arts production, the author of the article mentions the Knoedler [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 736702

  • Labat
    Labat, Tony, 1951-
    In Tony Labat’s short artist statement, he notes that he left Cuba as a child and upon his return there as an adult in the early 1980s he felt as much a stranger there as in the United States. Labat discusses how before his return to Cuba his art [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 801718

  • Lasansky and the Hayter circle: an ad hoc note
    Gilbert, Creighton
    After receiving a Guggenheim fellowship to travel to the United States in 1943, Buenos Aires-born Mauricio Lasansky spent eight months working at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in New York City. In this essay, Creighton Gilbert examines how [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802014

  • León Ferrari
    Ferrari, León, 1920-
    León Ferrari writes in repudiation of the São Paulo Biennial, in protest of political repression in Brazil, and as a first stage in his rebuttal of biennials, as well as North American grants and foundations. Ferrari denounces the complicity of the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 743934

  • Los pintores mexicanos no fracasaron en New York : La campaña en contra de estos artista (sic) sólo se ha hecho por la envidia
    Tablada, José Juan, 1871-1945
    On the occasion of the Exposición de Artistas Independientes [Exhibition by Independent Artists] in New York, José Juan Tablada responded—with a spirited defense of the Mexican artists whose work was on display—to rumors he had heard [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 783816

  • Mapas; El oro; Oro de América
    Márquez, Francisco, 1943-
    In this essay the critic Francisco Márquez reviews three series of paintings by Miguel von Dangel: Mapas, Oro de América [or Calcos en Oro], and Tierras [or Encapsulados], in which he detects three different ways to approach the Venezuelan and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1154076

  • México dirá en Bruselas que no es indolente
    Suárez, Luis
    This short article by Luis Suárez, the special correspondent sent to Brussels by the newspaper Novedades, draws attention to the characteristics of the Mexican Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958 in terms of size, cost, and content. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 780093

  • México participará en dos exposiciones artísticas en N. York : Nuestros más distinguidos pintores enviarán sus mejores cuadros
    This article in the Excélsior newspaper reports on the visit Frances Flynn Paine, the American promoter of Mexican art, made to Mexico. She covered all the official institutions in the city in order to collect material for two shows on Mexican art [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 798410

  • Michigan Congress on the Arts Resolution V-5-a
    This document is a resolution directed to the Michigan Council for the Arts to establish a minority task force with the purpose of studying issues related to minority artists and arts in minority communities, as well as with the purpose of earmarking [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782672

  • Nature at the sensual extreme : Mario Bencomo's paintings
    Kuspit, Donald B.
    In this essay, American art critic Donald Kuspit discusses the sensuality of the paintings of Cuban-born artist Mario Bencomo. Kuspit notes that the works are both pleasurable and melancholic (revealing the dialectics of desire). He examines specific [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848077

  • New York de día y de noche : Miguel Covarrubias : el hombre que descubrió a los negros en los Estados Unidos : La belleza en donde nadie la había visto
    Tablada, José Juan, 1871-1945
    Tablada discusses the work of Miguel Covarrubias, the young cartoonist who was almost totally unknown in Mexico at the time but was making a name for himself as a magazine illustrator in the United States. Like Tablada, Covarrubias lived in New York [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 771677

  • Nuestras artes : statement
    Nuestras Artes de Michigan, Inc
    In this statement—addressed to the Task Force on Hispanic-American Arts of the National Endowment for the Arts—the group Nuestras Artes describes the inequitable context in Michigan for Latinos and Latino culture (the authors use the term Raza [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782648

  • Nueva York de día y de noche : Mexicanos en Nueva York.- La Metamorfisis de Tata Nacho.- Best Maugard.- Tata Nacho y Covarrubias.- El Rancho Mexicano
    Tablada, José Juan, 1871-1945
    The poet José Juan Tablada thought it was immensely important—politically, socially, and culturally—that Mexican painters should be gaining visibility in the United States. He reasoned that once the doors were open to Mexican art, Mexican [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 771608

  • On the right track al last-
    Kemble, Kenneth, 1923-
    Kenneth Kemble writes with praise of the exhibition of prewar American painters. He establishes the reasons for the artworks’ worth and—given the public’s conditioned French taste—the exhibition’s instructive relevance. Kemble even examines [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 741273

  • Past Cuba : identity and identification in Cuban-American art
    Bosch, Lynette M. F.
    This document contains the introduction to the exhibition catalog of Past Cuba: Identity and Identification in Cuban-American Art (1997) by curator and art historian Lynette M.F. Bosch in which she explains that the premise of the exhibition was to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848178

  • Pequeña Habana = Little Havana
    Blanc, Giulio V.
    Giulio V. Blanc includes a brief bilingual overview of the different generations of Cuban American artists, and this includes the Miami Generation (those who immigrated to Miami in the 1960s), the Post-Miami Generation (artists born in exile), those [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847580

  • Preface
    New World [Dis] Orders & Peripheral Strains: Specifying Cultural Dimensions in Latin American and Latino Studies is highly complex, largely due to its jargon laden dense text, but it is an indispensable and provocative document. Through words and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 781513

  • Proemio o Parte Escrita de la Plática Dada por Carlos Mérida en Chicago en Marzo de 1938
    Mérida, Carlos, 1891-1984
    Carlos Mérida starts this lecture by commenting on the effort made by U.S. artists to found a center for the Union Artists Gallery, which would surely lay the foundation for the future of art in the United States. He notes the close affinity between [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 747185

  • Próxima Exposición
    This is an article on an exhibition of works by Edward Weston that would be mounted in Aztec Hall in Mexico City. The anonymous writer of the news story considers the exhibition important because of Weston’s treatment of a new genre within [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764710

  • Public voices and private transcendence=Voces públicas y transcendencia privada
    Trasobares, César
    In this bilingual essay, Cuban-American artist César Trasobares reflects on the work of his late friend and fellow artist Carlos Alfonzo .Trasobares notes that Alfonzo developed different public and private personas, and throughout his life Alfonzo [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847846

  • Rasquachismo : a Chicano sensibility
    Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, 1938-
    Mexican-American scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto defines the Mexican concept of rasquache [crummy] for both Chicano and non-Mexican readers and presents it (with some humor) for the conceptualization of a Chicano artistic sensibility. Defined as the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 845510

  • Rivera no enviará ninguna de sus obras a París: resultado de ciertas dificultades entre él y el I. de Bellas Artes
    This brief article, which was probably excerpted from an anonymous interview with Diego Rivera, reports that if no solution can be found to the problems that have arisen between the painter and Carlos Chávez, the Director of the INBA (Instituto [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 735439

  • Saludable Presencia del Arte Mexicano en la viciada atmósfera de París : Conclusiones sobre el artículo de PHILIPPE SOUPAULT. Puntos fundamentales de la conferencia de Siqueiros en el Palacio de Bellas Artes el jueves 26 de agosto pasado
    Siqueiros, David Alfaro
    In the wake of the critical reactions to two exhibitions of Mexican art—at the 25th Venice Biennial in 1950 and the 1952 Paris Biennial —this long document offered readers a summary of events. The Venice Biennial was deemed a success while the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 754267

  • Soriano : la luz como expresión
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa discusses the work of Cuban-born artist Rafael Soriano as a prime example of what he has termed “oneiric luminism,” which is Latin American art’s most original contribution to modernism, according to the author [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848129

  • Soriano : light as utterance
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa discusses the work of Cuban-born artist Rafael Soriano as a prime example of what he has termed “oneiric luminism,” which is Latin American art’s most original contribution to modernism, according to the author [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 848096

  • Synopsis of the symposium on the Hispanic American aesthetic : origins, manifestations, and significance
    Quirarte, Jacinto, 1931-
    Art historian Jacinto Quirarte lays a framework for discussing an artwork or body of work by examining the tradition to which it belongs and the reasons for which (and for whom) it was created. Summarizing the conclusions of the 1979 Symposium on the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 846381

  • The artists' statement
    Eda, Eugene
    This text describes the beginnings of the mural movement in Chicago in 1967, the initial leadership of black artists, and the involvement of community activists and artists among Latino, Chicano, and white populations. Also, it points out the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 781400

  • The Miami generation
    Blanc, Giulio V.
    In this essay, Guilio V. Blanc opens with an anecdote about exile, which he relates to the art of the “Miami Generation” featured in the exhibition. He explains that “The Miami Generation” is a term that came from an endnote in a 1983 [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 799845

  • The murals of Grace Greenwood
    Rivas, Guillermo
    This article describes a great portion of the murals painted by the North American painter Grace Greenwood in Mexico, including her frescoes in the Aberlardo L. Rodríguez market and the Museo Michoacano, commissioned by the Universidad de San Nicol [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764569

  • The Theatre of Nature: Paul Sierra's Paintings = Las Pinturas de Paul Sierra: Un teatro de la Naturaleza
    Pau-Llosa, Ricardo
    In this essay, Ricardo Pau-Llosa analyzes the paintings of Chicago-based, Cuban-American artist Paul Sierra within a framework of the convergence of nineteenth-century American landscape painting with what he calls the “theatricality” of Latin [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 802044

  • To Our Audience
    Cardona, Ana Luisa
    This text describes the founding of the Raza Art and Media Collective in 1975 and declares its six main goals, all aimed at cultivating art and education among Spanish-speaking people in Michigan. These included: 1) to provide education and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782023

  • Two currents : the life and work of Carlos Alfonzo = Dos Corrientes : la vida y la obra de Carlos Alfonzo
    Viso, Olga M., 1966-
    In this bilingual overview of the life and art of Carlos Alfonzo, curator Olga Viso provides biographical information about the artist, with an emphasis on the impact his immigration to the United States had on his life and work. Viso first discusses [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 847827

  • Un fresco de Ángel Zárraga viaja a los EE. UU.
    Lara Pardo, Luis
    Luis Lara Pardo, who was close to Ángel Zárraga, comments about a fresco called Playa [Beach] that Zárraga created at the beginning of the 1930s in Paris, Said fresco was on loan for the International Fine Arts Exhibition in Baltimore. The author [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 764644

  • Un regalo a los Estados Unidos
    Fernández, Justino
    In this article, Justino Fernández describes the commission and the composition of Jesús Guerrero Galván’s mural in Albuquerque, located at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Fernández reports that he was the one who [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 771774

  • Una fábrica de ensueños y de fantasías
    Rodríguez, Antonio, 1909-
    In this essay, writer Antonio Rodríguez comes to the defense of a photography that goes beyond the mere technical record. He emphasizes that from Charles Baudelaire to Xavier Villaurrutia, aesthetes have affirmed that photography is a mere “ [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776565

  • Who made us the target of your outreach?
    Manglano-Ovalle, Iñigo, 1961-
    The artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle recounts the conflict that occurred between two efforts to neutralize a Chicago street block plagued by gang violence: the coordination of a block party by members of the Street-Level Video (SLV) collective and the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 782199