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One of the objectives of this article by the art historian Juan Carlos Palenzuela was to analyze the Venezuelan art world of the 1980s. The writer also established the guidelines applied to organizing the second Bienal de Artes Visuales Christian Dior in 1991 (at the Centro Cultural Consolidado in Caracas). In his opinion, although this was yet one more biennial organized around painting, it also declined to invite any participant who had exhibited work in any prior round of this biennial. This provided an opportunity to painters active in the capital and throughout the country, including very young artists. Palenzuela stated that while figurative art prevailed among the works included, these works clearly presented the conceptual, technical, and thematic breadth that could be seen in painting at that time. The art historian took a critical stance when he questioned the genre of figurative painting and its possibilities. Artists mentioned in the article included: Adonay Duque, Alfredo Ramírez, Patricia Van Dalen, Mariana Bunimov, Javier Téllez, and Luis Romero.


The value of this document written by the art historian and critic Juan Carlos Palenzuela (1954–2007) is in its concisely presented analysis of the Venezuelan art scene of the 1980s. Beyond noting the preponderance of painting during those years, the writer also emphasizes the work being done by the different art salons in Venezuela. They are now promoting and fostering various artistic trends in Venezuela, alongside the opening and proliferation of museums and galleries that are also accepting work in a range of artistic styles from throughout the country.

Monica Quintini
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Reproduced with the permission of Ana Caufman, Caracas, Venezuela
Biblioteca Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas