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  • ICAA Record ID
    1166350
    AUTHOR
    Castillo, Juan Ignacio
    TITLE
    ¿Y por qué no? : algunas pistas sobre el concepto de producción y consumo del arte religioso popular / Ignacio Castillo
    IMPRINT
    Trujillo, Venezuela : Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Salvador Valero, 1990
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 24-26
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/Pamphlet – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Castillo, Juan Ignacio. "¿Y por qué no?: algunas pistas sobre el concepto de producción y consumo del arte religioso popular." In III Bienal Salvador Valero de Arte Popular, 24- 26. Exh. cat., Trujillo, Venezuela: Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Salvador Valero, 1990.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This text, written by the anthropologist Juan Ignacio Castillo at the time of the 3rd Bienal Salvador Valero de Arte Popular (Trujillo, 1991), is a commentary on popular religious imagery and its use in different social contexts and strata. The writer believes that by the time this biennial was taking place in this Venezuelan city, there was enormous interest in religious imagery on the part of people who lived in the big cities, far from the popular context. Castillo analyzes the origins of religious imagery in Spain and its acceptance and adaptation in Venezuela.

Annotations

The importance of this text, by the Venezuelan anthropologist and docent Juan Ignacio Castillo, is that it is a thoughtful review of popular religious sects in Venezuela. The writer compares the consumption habits among the different social classes and how these habits affect the makers of images and their communities. Referring to the past, Castillo describes the early artisans (through the nineteenth century) who inherited their line of work based on the canons and standards of Spanish imagery. They created images for the religion practiced in churches and for their patrons’ chapels.

 

[For supplementary reading, see the text by the critic Perán Erminy, who provides data on the standards of the 3rd Bienal de Arte Popular Bárbaro Rivas, in 1992, as well as comparing it to the 3rd Bienal Salvador Valero de Arte Popular, in ICAA digital archive doc. no. 1166077].

Researcher
Monica Quintini
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Juan Ignacio Castillo, 1990
Location
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.