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Critic and curator Luis Ángel Duque offers an abbreviated history of the Venezuelan art salons that featured young artists and recent work; he refers to those that occurred between 1981 and 1995. The second Salón Pirelli was organized in 1995 at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Caracas. In Duque’s judgment, the salon caused a creative uproar in which a large group of artists spoke out about the present times, just as [the salon] had done during its first occurrence.
This text by critic and curator Luis Ángel Duque (b. 1954) is important for understanding the different salons featuring young artists that were held in Venezuela during the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. The 1980s represent a decade that many authors have dubbed as a “prodigious period” for contemporary Venezuelan art. In referring to each of the salons, Duque mentions different categories that were established for each, as well as the participating artists and what stood out about them. This preceded the fragmented scene in which sixty young artists (under thirty-five years of age) produced the work shown at the second Salón Pirelli (1995). The selection [of works] confirmed the continuity with the first [salon] and offered evidence of the development of young artists supported by the initiatives of museums in Venezuela.
There is another article by Duque on the VI Salon Pirelli, [ICAA digital archive doc. no. 1162054)]. For other texts on the Salón Pirelli, see María Luz Cárdenas, “De la ilusión óptica a la desilusión cultural: Arte desde el exilio: Enfoque metodológico y pautas generales de aproximación al II Salón Pirelli de jóvenes artistas y lenguajes” [From Optical Illusion to Cultural Disillusionment: Exile Art: A Methodological Focus and General Guidelines for an Approach to the II Salón Pirelli of Young Artists and Languages] (doc. no. 1161345); “Aproximación al III Salón Pirelli” [An Approach to the Third Salón Pirelli] (doc. no. 1162019); and “Apostando a futuro: Notas sobre del V Salón Pirelli” [Betting on the Future: Notes on the Fifth Salón Pirelli] (doc. no. 1162038); as well as the text by Ruth Auerbach, “Salón Pirelli: Primera aproximación al arte joven en la década de los noventa en Venezuela” [Salón Pirelli: A First Approach to Young Art in 1990s in Venezuela](doc. no. 1161411)].