Alfredo Boulton and His Contemporaries: Critical Dialogues in Venezuelan Art, 1912-1974

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The Museum of Modern Art, 2008 - Art - 392 pages
Alfredo Boulton (1908-1995) was Venezuela's foremost cultural and aesthetic observer of the 20th 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 a point 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, correspondences and critical writings of these notable voices of the day, this anthology traces Venezuela's struggle toward modernity and toward a successful, autonomous identify on the international cultural scene. In addition to historical writings, the volume includes newly written critical and explanatory essays by contemporary scholars, providing context and insight to these significant texts that have become constant reference points for generations of artists, critics and art historians.
 

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Contents

acknowledgments
8
foreword ariel Jimenez
11
chapter one introductory studies 14 latin american modernities hugoachugar
14
an appraisal of contemporary Venezuela elias pino iturrieta
31
transformations in venezuelan territorial development and construction from the 1920s to the 1950s marco negron
46
alfredo boulton and the historiography of Venezuelan art roldan estevagrillet
60
chaptertwo figuring Venezuela 76 figuring venezuela 19121949 ariel jimenez
76
building the landscape
93
autodafe leopoldo landaeta
99
letters from arturo uslar pietri to alfredo boulton
101
gods lands romulo gallegos
103
Venezuelan painting as international value alfredo boulton as bruno pla
107
brief notes on the fringes of venezuelan painting alfredo boulton as bruno pla
111
armando reveron mariano picon salas
115
creative mestizaje arturo uslar pietri
122
three eras in Caracas carlos raiil villanueva
127

some words on the establishment of the circulo de bellas artes leoncio martinez
94
the circulo de bellas artes jesus semprum
96
we are arturo uslar pietri
98
illustrations
135
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