Báez, Gustavo. “Venezuela es la gran sorpresa en la XXIII Bienal de Sao Paulo.” El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela), October 5, 1996.
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Venezuelan journalist and filmmaker Gustavo Báez reports that Venezuelan artists José Antonio Hernández-Díez, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Gego enjoyed a warm reception at the twenty-third São Paulo Biennial in 1996. Báez explains that the theme of this biennial was the “dematerialization of art at the end of the millennium.” He describes the organization of the show and the distribution of the works included in its different sections. Regarding the Venezuelan artists in particular, Báez discusses the praise their works have received—especially in the case of Gego—and the amount of media coverage they have enjoyed.
This article by Gustavo Báez (1964–2003) resembles a travel chronicle insofar as it carefully describes the organization and venue of the twenty-third São Paulo Biennial, held in 1996. Báez also shares his impressions of the submissions of Venezuelan artists José Antonio Hernández-Díez (born 1964), Jesús Rafael Soto (1923–2005), and Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, 1912–1994) to the important event. The article reports on the warm reception that the works by the Venezuelan artists enjoyed, which is evident in the press coverage of the event in Brazil. After the biennial, the works by Gego and Soto were exhibited at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Cultural in Rio de Janeiro in an exhibition entitled Gego e Soto.