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  • ICAA Record ID
    1162551
    TITLE
    Signos, haces, laberintos / Juan Calzadilla
    IN
    Marietta Berman. -- Caracas, Venezuela : Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, 1990
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 5- 6
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Calzadilla, Juan. "Signos, haces, laberintos." In Marietta Berman, 5- 6. Exh. cat., Caracas, Venezuela: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, 1990.
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Synopsis

In this text, Juan Calzadilla describes the development of Marietta Berman’s production, her relationship with the Venezuelan art scene, her independence from trends that could have led her visual research astray, and her ability to work at the margin of the fluctuating art market. Calzadilla asserts that Berman “has also done what she wanted at her own steady pace without jumping ahead of herself.” Calzadilla addresses her approach to different materials, her preferred techniques, and the results of her various artistic investigations.

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This text by critic Juan Calzadilla (b. 1931) provides a very personal vision of the production of Czechoslovakian-born Venezuelan artist Marietta Berman (1917–90). Calzadilla offers an overview of her work on the basis of the evolution of her use of materials, an evolution that—in Calzadilla’s view—reflected very intimate concerns. In her use of supports, materials, space, and visual elements, Berman formulates a dialogue as perfectly balanced as nature or the cosmos. Throughout her career, Berman explored the representation of space (religious, cosmic, ritual, even magic and unreal space), intuitively—but not randomly—rendering her reflections on the support. Calzadilla points out the social and moral condemnation implicit in Berman’s refusal to subscribe to the division between abstraction and figuration prevalent in debates of her time.

Researcher
Milagros González
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Reproduced with permission of Juan Calzadilla, Caracas, Venezuela
Location
Biblioteca Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Plaza de Los Museos, Parque los Caobos, Caracas 1010, República Bolivariana de Venezuela