Alfredo Boulton and His Contemporaries

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Alfredo Boulton (1908-1995) was Venezuela's foremost cultural and aesthetic observer of the twentieth century. An art critic, cultural historian and photographer, he was highly influential in the development of Modernist art and discourse--and of cultural self-definition--in Venezuela and the surrounding region. Boulton's diverse contributions serve as points of departure in this remarkable selection of art-historical and critical texts by many of the prominent Latin American thinkers of this period--figures ...
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Overview

Alfredo Boulton (1908-1995) was Venezuela's foremost cultural and aesthetic observer of the twentieth century. An art critic, cultural historian and photographer, he was highly influential in the development of Modernist art and discourse--and of cultural self-definition--in Venezuela and the surrounding region. Boulton's diverse contributions serve as points of departure in this remarkable selection of art-historical and critical texts by many of the prominent Latin American thinkers of this period--figures whose works and ideas helped to shape the face of contemporary Venezuela. Through the manifestos, correspondence and critical writings of these notable voices of the day, this anthology traces Venezuela's struggle toward Modernity and toward a successful, autonomous identity on the international cultural scene. Newly written critical and explanatory texts by contemporary scholars accompany the historical texts, providing context and insight.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870707100
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Foreword Ariel Jimenez Jimenez, Ariel 11

Chapter 1 Introductory studies

Latin american modernities Hugo Achugar Achugar, Hugo 14

An appraisal of contemporary venezuela Elias Pino Iturrieta Iturrieta, Elias Pino 31

Transformations in venezuelan territorial development and construction from the 1920s to the 1950s Marco Negron Negron, Marco 46

Alfredo boulton and the historiography of venezuelan art Roldan Esteva-Grillet Esteva-Grillet, Roldan 60

Chapter 2 Figuring venezuela

Figuring venezuela, 1912-1949 Ariel Jimenez Jimenez, Ariel 76

Building the landscape

Ideas and aims: some words on the establishment of the circulo de bellas artes Leoncio Martinez Martinez, Leoncio 94

The circulo de bellas artes Jesus Semprum Semprum, Jesus 96

We are Arturo Uslar Pietri Pietri, Arturo Uslar 98

Auto-da-fe Leopoldo Landaeta Landaeta, Leopoldo 99

Letters from arturo uslar pietri to alfredo boulton 101

God's lands Romulo Gallegos Gallegos, Romulo 103

Venezuelan painting as international value Alfredo Boulton (as Bruno Pla) Boulton, Alfredo (as Bruno Pla) 107

Brief notes on the fringes of venezuelan painting Alfredo Boulton (as Bruno Pla) Boulton, Alfredo (as Bruno Pla) 111

Armando reveron Mariano Picon Salas Salas, Mariano Picon 115

Creative mestizaje Arturo Uslar Pietri Pietri, Arturo Uslar 122

Three eras in caracas Carlos Raul Villanueva Villanueva, Carlos Raul 127

Illustrations 135

Chapter 3 The challenge of the times

The challenge of the times, 1949-1974 Ariel Jimenez Jimenez, Ariel 156

Universalism of inscription

Bolivar, ourselves, and today J. R. Guillent Perez Perez, J. R. Guillent 172

On latin america and the west J. R.Guillent Perez Perez, J. R. Guillent 175

Manifesto Los Disidentes Disidentes, Los 178

Manifesto of the galeria cuatro muros Mateo Manaure Manaure, Mateo Carlos Gonzalez Bogen Bogen, Carlos Gonzalez 179

Correspondence between alejandro otero and alfredo boulton 180

The problem of integration Carlos Raul Villanueva Villanueva, Carlos Raul 197

Is photography an art? Alfredo Boulton Boulton, Alfredo 199

Polemic Miguel Otero Silva Silva, Miguel Otero Alejandro Otero Otero, Alejandro 202

From the journal de geneve Jesus Rafael Soto Soto, Jesus Rafael 222

Statement Jesus Rafael Soto Soto, Jesus Rafael 224

Dialogue Jesus Rafael Soto Soto, Jesus Rafael Guy Brett Brett, Guy 225

The construction of a language Carlos Cruz-Diez Cruz-Diez, Carlos 229

The work of armando reveron Alfredo Boulton Boulton, Alfredo 232

Universalism of differentiation

Testimonial Sardio 254

Pre-manifesto El Techo de la Ballena Ballena, El Techo de la 256

Of terrorism in the arts Angel Rama Rama, Angel 258

The great magma (first manifesto) El Techo de la Ballena Ballena, El Techo de la 264

Homage to necrophilia Adriano Gonzalez Leon Leon, Adriano Gonzalez 265

Why the whale? Adriano Gonzalez Leon Leon, Adriano Gonzalez 267

Terrible evidence Juan Calzadilla Calzadilla, Juan 270

Borges: the communicated image Marta Traba Traba, Marta 274

Finale: allegro con fuoco Marta Traba Traba, Marta 278

Exile and indifference

Testimonial 1: outline of ideas and interests pursued Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt) 288

Gego: caracas year three thousand Marta Traba Traba, Marta 289

Barbaro rivas: note for a portrait Francisco Da Antonio Da Antonio, Francisco 295

Illustrations 301

Chapter 4 Critical nexus

Inventing modernity in the land of adam: alfredo boulton, armando reveron, and barbaro rivas Luis Perez-Oramas Perez-Oramas, Luis 324

The desire for emancipation: origins and destiny Sandra Pinardi Pinardi, Sandra 331

Making a space for modernism: criticism as landscape, and the example of alfredo boulton Rafael Castillo Zapata Zapata, Rafael Castillo 340

Carlos raul villanueva: the synthesis with venezuela Macia Pinto Pinto, Macia 349

References

General chronology 369

Selected bibliography 377

Contributors 380

Index 382

Trustees of the museum of modern art 392

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