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  • ICAA Record ID
    1061008
    TITLE
    Myrna Báez : carta de desciframiento para entender idiosincracia boricua / Marta Traba
    IN
    El Mundo (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- Oct. 23, 1976
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 6-B : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Traba, Marta. “Myrna Báez : carta de desciframiento para entender idiosincracia boricua.” El Mundo (San Juan, Puerto Rico), October 23, 1976, 6-B.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

Marta Traba, the Argentine critic who lived in Puerto Rico for some time, claims that there is a form of Puerto Rican art that can be understood and recognized elsewhere. As examples, she mentions portraits by the Puerto Rican painter Francisco Rodón; landscapes by Myrna Báez; literary prints by Antonio Martorell; and typography by Lorenzo Homar. The Argentine critic describes how Báez gradually developed her own language in the 1970s, mainly in her landscapes. Marta Traba sees the “loathsome footprint of the United States” in the subjects painted by Báez.

Annotations

This is the continuation of the article “Arte de la Resistencia en Puerto Rico” [Art of Resistance in Puerto Rico], published in the newspaper, El Mundo, on October 22, 1976, p. 14A (see doc. no. 1060984).

Marta Traba (1930–1983) published a substantial number of articles in the various countries where she lived. When she arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she had previously lived in Bogota, New York, Paris, and Buenos Aires. From August 1970 through the summer of 1971, the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras engaged her to teach a course on Latin American art as well as the obligatory courses on the General Theory of Art History (201) and the History of Modern Art (213), among others, in the department of fine arts. In the summer of 1971, she taught a class on aesthetics. At the end of the summer, the University did not renew her contract. While she was living in Puerto Rico, Traba wrote books, and many newspaper and magazine articles, in which she expressed her views on Puerto Rican art, which prompted considerable response and criticism in art circles.    

 

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of Fernando Zalamea Traba, Bogotá, Colombia