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  • ICAA Record ID
    1134774
    AUTHOR
    Villar Gaviria, Álvaro
    TITLE
    Eugenio Barney Cabrera : una posición ante la vida / Alvaro Villar Gaviria
    IN
    Revista Alternativa (Bogotá, Colombia). --- Mar. 20- 27, 1980
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Villar Gaviria, Álvaro. "Eugenio Barney Cabrera: una posición ante la vida." Revista Alternativa (Bogotá, Colombia), March 20- 27, 1980.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    Colombian; historians
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Synopsis

In Eugenio Barney Cabrera: Una posición ante la vida (1980), psychiatrist Álvaro Villar Gaviria analyzes the work of Colombian art historian Eugenio Barney Cabrera on the occasion of his recent death. Villar Gaviria provides a detailed overview of Barney’s work in art history, discussing his contributions as an educator and academic. He praises Barney for examining aesthetic expressions from a socio-historical, economic, and geographic point of view, thus focusing on considerations fundamental to a modern appreciation of the artistic process.

Annotations

This biographical sketch of art historian Eugenio Barney Cabrera (1917-1980) by psychiatrist Álvaro Villar Gaviria sheds light on Barney Cabrera’s aesthetic vision as well as his interest in pre-Hispanic and Modern art and the economic conditions surrounding artistic creation, all of which is evident in the encyclopedia Historia del Arte en Colombia de Salvat (1975), the first comprehensive study of Colombian art. 

 

Barney Cabrera is a prime example of the professionalization of modern art history in Colombia. As a professor at the Universidad Nacional of Colombia, Barney Cabrera—a lawyer by training—worked on the following research projects: Geografía del Arte en Colombia (1963), Transculturación del Arte en Colombia (1962), and El arte agustiniano. Boceto para una interpretación estética (1964). His most important project was coordinating the work on the encyclopedia Historia del Arte en Colombia de Salvat (1975). Villar Gaviria asserts that Barney Cabrera’s work provides an understanding of the historical, economic, and social processes at stake in artistic expression produced in both the local and the national contexts.

Researcher
Taller Historia Crítica del Arte (U.N.): David Gutiérrez
Team
Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Credit
Reproduced with permission of Enrique Santos Calderón and Eduardo Villar Coucho, Bogotá, Colombia.