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  • ICAA Record ID
    1069321
    TITLE
    El grabado en Venezuela / Juan Calzadilla
    IMPRINT
    Caracas, Venezuela : Fundarte, 1978
    DESCRIPTION
    [52] p. : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Calzadilla, Juan. El grabado en Venezuela. Caracas, Venezuela: Fundarte, 1978.
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Synopsis

The critic Juan Calzadilla provides a broad overview of the history of Venezuelan printmaking, from its earliest days in the nineteenth century until this essay was published in 1978. He discusses certain landmark events along the way, such as how prints were used for political satire, the introduction of modern printing, and the development of printmaking outside of Caracas. Calzadilla ends his essay with a description of the process that led to the founding of the workshop-schools, CEGRA and TAGA. 

Annotations

This general overview of printmaking does not probe the discipline in any great detail. This essay by the critic, curator, and artist Juan Calzadilla (b. 1931) presents a broad view of the evolution of printmaking in Venezuela. It also mentions certain landmark events along the way, such as the arrival of lithography, introduced by colonel Francisco Avendaño between 1823 and 1825, and the lecture on Francisco Goya’s prints given by Armando Reverón at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in 1914. Calzadilla’s account of the history of printmaking in Venezuela is rather simple and general in scope. It is part of a collection of leaflets on a variety of artistic disciplines in Venezuela that were written by subject experts and originally published by the OCI (Oficina Central de Información, Caracas); the collection was subsequently republished by Fundarte (Fundación para la Cultura y las Artes, Alcaldía del Municipio Libertador, Caracas).

Researcher
Milagros González
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Courtesy of Juan Calzadilla, Caracas, Venezuela