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    Para encontrar a Marisol / Roberto Guevara
    El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela). -- Jul. 31, 1984
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    Guevara, Roberto. "Para encontrar a Marisol." El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela), July 31, 1984
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In this essay, Roberto Guevara begins reviewing the work of the sculptor Marisol [Escobar] by discussing her career as a visual artist. He focuses mainly on the iconographic aspect of her work and explains that, thanks to this feature, she has created a chronicle of our era. He mentions several of her character traits, such as her irreverence and her way of making fun of things. Guevara speaks highly of some of her most recent works, such as: Última Cena y La Virgen y el Niño, Santa Ana y San Juan.     


In this critical review, Roberto Guevara (1932–98) discusses the work of the Venezuelan-North American sculptor Marisol [Escobar], who was born in Paris in 1930. Guevara pays particular attention to the iconographic nature of Marisol’s work which, in his opinion, is its key feature and represents her great contribution to contemporary art. It also fills a void that has long been apparent in Latin American art after having been the main subject of works produced in previous centuries. The artist treats iconography in an unconventional and irreverent way, delving beneath its representational surface to give it much deeper meaning by including social criticism and other sociological and psychological commentary. In his essay, Guevara complains that, in 1984, Venezuela had still not had a retrospective exhibition of her work, despite the fact that she was a world renowned artist. The issue of Marisol’s homeland and “true” nationality has always been controversial. But this does not prevent Guevara from calling for a retrospective exhibition—once and for all—in what he considers to be her mother country. Strangely enough, that exhibition was finally organized in 1995, but in Japan, so Guevara never saw his wish fulfilled.     


There is another essay by the critic and curator Roberto Guevara about the famous artist from the 1960s, “Con Marisol y a veces sin ella. Crónica de una no entrevista” [doc. no. 1163318]. See also the article by Margarita D’Amico “Marisol: un acuario para soñar” [doc. no. 1163605]; the article by Akiko Hyuga “Marisol in the ‘60s ? Social Satire and Search for Identity” [doc. no. 1163366]; the essay by Águeda Hernández “Sin Título [...Nunca ha sido expuesta en Venezuela...]” [doc. no. 1163350]; and the essay by the Venezuelan journalist Albor Rodríguez about the sculptor, “Marisol madera fina” [doc. no. 1163525].

Juan Carlos Azpurua
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Roberto Guevara, 1984
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.