Topic Descriptor: Contemporary×
  • Reblandecimientos y blandecimientos en el arte uruguayo
    Camnitzer, Luis
    Luis Camnitzer harshly criticizes the contemporary “young art” that emerged in Uruguay, while also critiquing his own 1960s generation. This article is of interest because of its highly controversial nature, given that it was published at a time [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1238821

  • Esquema del opinador en Artes Plásticas
    García Esteban, Fernando, 1917-1982
    The art critic Fernando García Esteban analyses the difference between an “opinion” on the Visual Arts and the qualified judgment that should be issued by the art critic. It reflects the enormous difference between the artistic ideals that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1227298

  • Reflexiones en torno a la contemporaneidad en las artes visuales venezolanas : "4 minutos para mirar" una obra de Susana Amundaraín y Xiomara Moreno
    Pantín, Graciela
    In this essay, Graciela Pantin analyzes this manifestation of the “spirit of the times,” as expressed in the visual arts, establishing a set of “parameters that identify the socio-historical background of our contemporary nature.” She goes on [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1222405

  • Opiniones (I)
    Club de Grabado de Montevideo
    The article titled “Opiniones I” in the Boletín N° 12 (1982) published by the CGM (Club de Grabado de Montevideo) provides the Uruguayan reader with an appraisal of the current state of contemporary art, which the author claims is facing a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1185411

  • Meditación sobre el misterio del arte en la era de la furia técnica
    Astorga, Juan
    In this text on the 58º Salón Michelena (Valencia, state of Carabobo) written in the year 2000, art critic Juan Astorga discusses the relationship between art and technique to reflect on the definition and meaning of “art.” Astorga defines art [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1172394

  • La nueva dimensión de los utensilios
    Guédez, Víctor
    In his review of Casos de Cosas (Caracas: Galería Alternativa, 2004)—the exhibition of works by the artist Ani Villanueva—the art critic Víctor Guédez mentions certain precedents in the field of objectual art. He especially refers to those [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1169383

  • Cornelis Zitman
    Traba, Marta
    In this essay, Marta Traba presents a broad overview of contemporary sculpture. She bases her report on the writings of Werner Hoffmann, Gillo Dorfles, and Jean Clarence Lambert, who provide a breakdown of the various movements, trends, and artists [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1167924

  • [Querido Luis, cada vez que vuelvo a las alturas de Rosalito...]
    Pérez Oramas, Luis, 1960-
    By way of an open letter, Luis Enrique Pérez-Oramas (b. 1960) introduces the exhibition Pinturas, work by Luis Lizardo, organized by the Centro de Arte Euroamericano (Caracas, 1996). The letter is a meditation (of a poetic nature) on the ideas and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1165134

  • Aziz-Cucher
    Auerbach, Ruth
    In her review of works by two contemporary artists—Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher—Ruth Auerbach writes about their output in general based on three collections: Fe, Honor y Belleza, Dystopia, and Discontinued… Now! (1992–96). Auerbach traces [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1164422

  • Señales
    Jiménez, Ariel
    In this text, Ariel Jiménez builds a framework of evidence and circumstances that describe the universal sentiments of the 1990s. In his opinion, that decade can basically be characterized by the prevailing fear and uncertainty that were not just [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1163998

  • IX Premio Eugenio Mendoza
    Fajardo-Hill, Cecilia
    Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill addresses the work of the artists featured in the ninth Premio Eugenio Mendoza in terms of a number of visual and conceptual issues. In her view, the event attempted to expand and question any possible definition of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1163982

  • [Domenico Casasanta adhiere, a nuestro juicio...]
    Da Antonio, Francisco, 1930-
    In this document, the critic Francisco Da Antonio develops a chronological essay on the life and work of Domenico Casasanta, starting in 1958, when the artist arrived in Venezuela. After almost a decade in which he produced no work, in 1968, the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1163653

  • Henry Bermúdez : la mujer híbrida
    Viloria Vera, Enrique
    In this article, the critic Enrique Viloria discusses the important role of women as a “symbol” in the work of the artist Henry Bermúdez. The author explains that the artist’s work does not portray a woman as such, but takes an iconographic [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1163206

  • Al sur del paralelo 8 : Arte y confrontación : Argumentos para un debate.
    Carreño, Freddy
    The critic and curator Freddy Carreño seeks to present the structural underpinnings of the V Bienal de Guayana (Ciudad Bolívar, 1997), whose central theme focused on the Venezuelan region of Guayana, a vast region endowed with significant [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1162247

  • Salón Pirelli : primera aproximación al arte joven en la década de los noventa en Venezuela
    Auerbach, Ruth
    In this 1993 text, Ruth Auerbach places the work of the artists participating in the 1st Salón Pirelli de Jóvenes Artistas within two contexts: a universal context and that of Latin America. At the same time, she justifies the existence of the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1161411

  • X Premio Eugenio Mendoza
    Fajardo-Hill, Cecilia
    Curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill reviews the tenth Premio Eugenio Mendoza exhibition, establishing relationships among the works that were exhibited. In this text she disclosed that the exhibition was not organized thematically, but the works were [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1161278

  • La colección Clara Diament Sujo
    Benko, Susana
    Divided into eight chapters, this text by scholar Susana Benko is a study of contemporary Venezuelan art. The first part serves as an introduction, and consists of a brief overview of the Clara Diament Sujo collection. Afterward, she turns her focus [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1156736

  • Jump cuts : dislocated continuities = Jump cuts : continuidades dislocadas
    Fuenmayor, Jesús
    In this essay written for the exhibition Jump Cuts: Venezuelan Contemporary Art, Colección Mercantil, held in 2007, Venezuelan critic and curator Jesús Fuenmayor uses the cinematographic notion of “the jump cut” to formulate a vision of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1150047

  • Una breve genealogía del arte contemporáneo en Venezuela = A brief genealogy of contemporary art in Venezuela
    González, Julieta, 1968-
    Julieta González reflects on the major trends in contemporary Venezuelan art, suggesting that the dominant movement among them is art derived from a particular context and involving a predetermined space and discourse that expresses local themes. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1149993

  • ¿De qué puntos cardinales hablan?: Anotaciones sobre la última década en las artes visuales peruanas / Rodrigo Quijano
    Quijano, Rodrigo, 1965-
    In this essay Rodrigo Quijano describes the period as having “contributed to the consolidation of a specific direction in Peruvian contemporary art” that, in his opinion, was characterized by “a virtual fragmentation of subjectivities” and by [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1146549

  • Sobre fotografía peruana actual : posibilidades de superar una depresión
    Montalbetti, Mario, 1953-
    In this review of contemporary Peruvian photography the author questions the attempt to divide the genre into two separate categories that make a distinction between artist photographers and lay photographers. Montalbetti claims that the discussion [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1139634

  • A propósito de la exposición de pintura francesa contemporánea
    Rios, Juan, 1914-1991
    In this essay Juan Ríos discusses De Manet a nuestros días, the exhibition of French painting organized by the Municipalidad de Lima in the early 1950s. His review summarizes the origins of modern French art, taking Manet’s work as its focal [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1138917

  • Dudas y creencias sobre el arte contemporáneo
    Miró Quesada Garland, Luis
    In this text, Luis Miró Quesada Garland responds to the letter from journalist Jorge Mejía published in El Comercio newspaper (Lima, August 20, 1950). Miró Quesada Garland rejects degree of representation as basis for artistic classification, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1138869

  • Entre el cuerpo ausente y su saturación
    Cerón, Jaime, 1967-
    This essay by the critic Jaime Cerón appeared in the catalogue for the exhibition Ruven Afanador presented at Fotomuseo in 2002. Cerón divides his essay into three sections, as follows: i) “Entrada” [Entrance], in which he describes photography [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1133980

  • De Obregón a nuestro tiempo : el tiempo del arte contemporáneo en el caribe
    González Cueto, Danny, 1974-
    The article “De Obregón a nuestro tiempo: el tiempo del arte contemporáneo del Caribe colombiano”, written by the historian Danny González Cueto, was published in May 2007 in the “Notas de arte desde el Caribe” section in issue number [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1133852

  • Artistas Cali entes: entrevista a Juan F. Mejía y Wilson Díaz
    In the interview conducted by the Colombian journal Vice Versa, Juan Fernando Mejía and Wilson Díaz have the opportunity to talk about their artistic beginnings, joint projects, and themes that interest them. They also discuss the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1130967

  • Paradoxos da modernidade
    Naves, Rodrigo, 1955-
    Art critic Rodrigo Naves bases his analysis of Sérgio Sister’s work on the lessons that Italian painter Giorgio Morandi has to offer contemporary art. Naves argues that it is necessary to look back to seemingly outdated aesthetic [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111440

  • Sicrano, fulano, beltrano
    Naves, Rodrigo, 1955-
    In this essay about Cassio Michalany’s painting, the critic Rodrigo Naves initially confines his remarks to the “template” that the artist has used over the course of two decades to structure his paintings with interrelated bands of color. In [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111437

  • Introdução
    Gomes, Alair, 1921-1992
    Alair Gomes discusses at length the nude male photographs that are currently making the rounds. He discusses the range of the subject, from porn to the artistic nude shot, noting how photography is excluded from contemporary art, and comments on the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111419

  • Gravura hoje, aqui
    Silveira, Regina, 1939
    This text summarizes artist Regina Silveira’s position in a debate held at the Galeria São Paulo in December 1981 on the state of printmaking in Brazil in the early eighties. Early on, Silveira asserts that in her view, the idea that printmaking [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111416

  • Cica & sede de crítica
    Basbaum, Ricardo
    The text investigates the possibility that art critics will recover their effectiveness, given an alleged decline in the field. Basbaum comments on the need to generate new languages in order to come up with new ideas. The text states that critics [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111406

  • Um azar histórico: desencontros entre moderno e contemporâneo na arte brasileira
    Naves, Rodrigo, 1955-
    This article compares the complex and contradictory movements in Brazilian visual arts between the late 1950s and the early 1990s. To the well-known Brazilian critic Rodrigo Naves, the disruption took place just when the work created by the most [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111401

  • Ernesto Neto
    Barros, Regina Teixeira de
    This text by art critic Regina Teixeira de Barros discusses the exhibition of work by Ernesto Neto held at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo in 1992. She observes a division in Neto’s recent production since as it furthers the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111398

  • Imagem e semelhança
    Borsa Cattani, Icleia
    In this text, Icleia Borsa Cattani establishes the concepts that form the basis of her analysis of the work of contemporary artists, such as Iberê Camargo, Maria Tomaselli Cirne Lima, Carlos Carrion de Britto Velho, Loíde Schwambach, Geraldo [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111397

  • Paulo Monteiro
    Tassinari, Alberto
    This text by critic Alberto Tassinari addresses the sculptures by Paulo Monteiro exhibited at the Galeria Paulo Figueiredo in São Paulo in 1990. According to Tassinari, the works revolve around the primordial gesture that ensues at the instant when [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111384

  • Estética e uma nova consciência ética
    Leirner, Sheila, 1948-
    In Sheila Leirner’s opinion, “reductive art” is an important factor in the moral compass of contemporary international artwork. In order to have its effect, the reductive approach would have to bring about a radical change in Brazilian art and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111366

  • Grandes formatos
    Schmidt, Carlos von
    Art critic Carlos von Schmidt wrote this text for the catalogue to the show 3 x 4 Grandes Formatos held at the Centro Empresarial Rio in 1983. The author provides a brief historical overview of the ties between large-format works and transformations [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111356

  • Como vai você, geração 80? (Sinto-me como uma star, no palco, investindo no prazer)
    Morais, Frederico, 1936-
    The well-known Brazilian art critic Frederico Morais comments on the atmosphere evident at the exhibition Como vai você, Geração 80?, which opened at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The article was published one month [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111355

  • Trânsito livre : a novíssima geração chega finalmente aos museus
    Mendonça, Casimiro Xavier de
    This news report was written by the art critic and curator Casimiro Xavier de Mendonça about a new generation of artists that had eagerly embraced painting. After making a connection between these young artists and personalities in music and theater [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111354

  • Grandes formatos: euforia e paixão
    Leirner, Sheila, 1948-
    Brazil-based art critic and curator Sheila Leirner wrote this text for the catalogue to the show 3x4 Grandes formatos held at the Centro Empresarial Rio in 1983. The author discusses the scale of the works exhibited as well as the resurgence of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111353

  • O tridimensional na arte brasileira dos anos 80 e 90: genealogias, superações
    Chiarelli, Tadeu, 1956-
    In this essay, Tadeu Chiarelli analyzes Brazil art from the eighties and nineties, specifically production that involves three-dimensional space (sculpture, objects, or installation). He draws ties between those decades and the experimental tradition [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111352

  • A efervescência dos anos 80
    Amaral, Aracy A., 1930-
    The art historian and critic Aracy Amaral wrote this analysis of the painting produced in the 1980s, with a focus on the art scene in São Paulo. In addition to naming the predecessors of the artists who made up that generation, the critic gives a [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111349

  • Os lugares da mestiçagem na arte contemporânea
    Borsa Cattani, Icleia
    This text investigates several meanings of the concept “place” in art: space/representation, interval of meaning, installation space, institutional space, and sociocultural space, emotional, symbolic or utopian (where the artwork is executed and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111348

  • Reflexões sobre a crítica, a arte "à margem" e a poiética
    Borsa Cattani, Icleia
    In this text, Icleia Borsa Cattani discusses the implications of globalization in contemporary art and its practice of separation, mentioning in passing the cultural consensus, the crisis in art, and the neutralization of criticism. Under such [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111347

  • Uma dinâmica da arte brasileira : modernidade, instituições e instância pública
    Salzstein, Sônia
    In this article, Salzstein discusses how contemporary art takes its place on the international art stage, while analyzing the contradictions implicit in a state of peripheral modernity. She explores the connections between the factors involved in the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111338

  • Cultura audiovisual e arte contemporânea
    Ramos, José Mário Ortiz; Bueno, Maria Lucia
    This text analyzes the reorganization of cultural production, principally of an audiovisual and visual nature, in the context of globalization. Its authors examine the role of governmental policies in culture and the growing importance of culture in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111336

  • Mundialização e cultura
    Ortiz, Renato, 1947-
    This book investigates the sociohistorical context of contemporary cultural production, emphasizing the role exercised by globalization and by “mundialização” (globalism) in this process. The author establishes a distinction between the two [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111331

  • Quem se desloca recebe, quem pede tem preferência
    Meireles, Cildo
    This document is a text and a graphic work by Cildo Meireles published in 1975, in the first issue of the magazine Malasartes. In it, the artist includes a series of works that, in his judgment, exist at the margins of the art circuit, which either [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111328

  • Introdução
    Marino, João
    The texts gathered for the exhibition Tradição e Ruptura: síntese de arte e cultura brasileiras (1984) are introduced by the curator, João Marino. Marino is an advocate of the purposes of the exhibition: to assemble artworks along with [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111327

  • A condição do lugar no site
    Mano, Rubens, 1960-
    Rubens Mano analyzes the relation between artists and urban spaces during the 1960s and 1970s, both of which introduced into the visual arts a key discussion of the implications of their entry into the core of urban life. The making of art becomes an [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111326