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  • ICAA Record ID
    1060941
    TITLE
    Arte y política : el caso de Carlos Irizarry / por Marimar Benitez
    IN
    La Revista del Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- jul.-dic., 1985
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 86-89 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Benítez, Marimar. "Arte y política : el caso de Carlos Irizarry." La Revista del Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe (San Juan, Puerto Rico), July-december, 1985, 86-89
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Puerto Rican artist Carlos Irizarry distinguished himself within conceptual art, and introduced “a new modality for protest art that encompasses the nature of the political acts he carried out in his personal life.” The acts of political terrorism that he committed demonstrate his rejection of American imperialism.

Annotations

Carlos Irizarry (Santa Isabel, PR 1938) is one of the [artists who] introduced photographic serigraphs to the local graphics scene. At the end of the 1940s, he emigrated to New York, where he later studied at the School of Art and Design. After his return to Puerto Rico in 1968 he founded and served as director of the Centro Nacional de las Artes [National Center for the Arts] (1974-1975). In 1976 he threatened to assassinate President Gerald Ford when he traveled to Puerto Rico for the Conferencia Económica Cumbre [Economic Summit Conference], held at the Dorado. In 1980, while on an American Airlines flight, he delivered a note to the flight attendant stating that if President Jimmy Carter did not free Puerto Rican nationalist prisoners, the airplane would explode into pieces. The artist did not intend to carry out his threat, but rather meant to produce a work of conceptual art that would symbolize the struggle for his homeland. He opposed Puerto Rico’s political status and the use of Vieques Island for navy target practice. He served four years in a federal prison.

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Marimar Benítez, San Juan, Puerto Rico