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This essay by the researcher Zuleiva Vivas appeared in the catalogue for Antonio Lazo. Sentimiento, Convicción, Vivencias, the exhibition of works by the Venezuelan painter. In her essay—“La percepción de lo sensible ausente”—Vivas provides an overview of the aesthetic and cultural concerns that influenced international artists during the past decade. She then reviews Lazo’s work from that same perspective, describing him as an emblematic exponent of Venezuelan art at the time. She sees his drawings and paintings as a bridge between modernity and the trans-avant-garde. Vivas examines Lazo’s recurring themes, his communication codes, and his obsession with certain symbols.
This essay by Zuleiva Vivas—which appeared in the catalogue for the exhibition Antonio Lazo. Sentimiento, Convicción, Vivencias—was one of the first to report on the new aesthetic and formal approaches the Venezuelan artist Antonio Lazo (b. 1943) introduced in his work in 1987. The essay is important because it analyzes Lazo’s subject matter at that time and attempts to clarify the new communication codes in his visual language. Most of the works selected for the exhibition were made during the time when the artist was living in Paris and, in fact, are the pieces “that would establish his reputation in Venezuelan artistic circles.” In July 1988 Vivas and the researchers Ruth Auerbach and Anita Tapias interviewed Lazo; this essay is based on that interview. The catalogue includes an extensive chronological report on Lazo’s life and work, and a generous selection of black & white and color photographs of various sizes.
For more information on this artist, see another essay, which also appeared in the catalogue, by Ruth Auerbach, “Lazo y la nueva ética” [doc. no. 1160471].