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Roberto Guevara briefly summarizes the career of Venezuelan painter and mixed media artist Pedro Tagliafico in light of the imprint left on contemporary art by the historic avant-garde trends and events of the twentieth century. Guevara reviews Tagliafico’s past and present themes within his solo exhibition, highlighting a range of expressive solutions. The author organizes the entire show within groups: the use of paper and treated canvas, and installations and experiments in landscape using splintered glass. In this text, Guevara explores his potential in light of the results, as well as the revisionist attempts of the experimental art of the 1980s.
In 1986, the GAN (Galería de Arte Nacional), in Caracas, organized a solo show of the work of Pedro Tagliafico (b. 1944), after [the artist had gone] nearly ten years without an exhibition, but during which time he had become internationally known. Critic Roberto Guevara (1932–1998) analyzed the work of the Venezuelan mixed media artist as a representative manifestation of the art of the moment, influenced in a decisive manner by the first half of the century, but in constant tension driven by the desire to create new languages. Tagliafico’s work, according to the author, reveals the “beginning” quality [shared] by many recent art initiatives distanced from their visual tradition. Guevara’s review of the artist’s periods makes explicit the influence of the great movements of modern art, including abstraction and informalism, as well as a progressive inquiry into Arte Povera and Minimalism. In this way, the artist’s process creates metaphors using the dynamics of twentieth-century art, calling into question the traditional categories of a “definitive” artistic language. Another contribution of this text is that it synthesizes the core issues of each of the developments of Tagliafico’s [art], especially his work with the natural expressivity of materials and the environments created with minimal resources.