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Writer Lucía Quintero Yanes comments on the exhibition at the Círculo Pez Dorado gallery (Caracas) by the Venezuelan artist Gladys Meneses. Pointing out that the work exhibited is by “a young student who conducts herself with professional seriousness,” she praises her work stating that if her methodology is technically deficient, it is only due to her lack of experience and not the “lack of art.” Quintero makes specific comments on the works, and especially about the etching technique used by Meneses, the use of bold contrasts between dark and light and the variations used with light, variations achieved with combinations of shellac/gum-resins and sugar, as well as by the limited use of a burin.
This is the text by the Venezuelan writer Lucía Quintero Yanes on Gladys Meneses (1938?2014) on her exhibition at the Círculo Pez Dorado gallery (Caracas). It stands out as one of the first commentaries published on Meneses’ work as an emerging artist. Quintero recognizes the young artist as a promising student while reconciling her lack of experience with an overabundant ingenuity. It was the second solo exhibition of Meneses, following her participation in the XXIII Salón Oficial de Arte Anual Venezolano (Caracas), held the same year the artist obtained the Premio Roma. The prize qualified her for a scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, details that were mentioned in the article prior to publicizing that Meneses had won the award. The article by Quintero Yanes is relevant for its detailed technical descriptions, its particular comments on the exhibited works, and even highlighting the lack of the availability (at the time) of materials such as copper.
For a review of the work by the artist, see in the ICAA digital archive by Iván Torres and F. Valladares “Gladys Meneses” (doc. no. 1155685). Additionally, see the interview by the journalist Miriam Delgado “Del papel al acero: Gladys Meneses sigue rindiendo culto al Delta” (doc. no. 1155645); as well as the review by the journalist Carlos Paolillo “Me siento sola en el grabado: Gladys Meneses” (doc. no. 1155612).