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This document is the first issue of Imagen, a journal of art, literature, and cultural information published every two weeks by the Instituto Nacional de Cultura y Bellas Artes, in Venezuela. This issue offers articles related to cultural events in Venezuela and throughout Latin America. Since this is the first appearance of the journal, an editorial explains its nature, objectives, aspirations, and tasks based on the interests and the technological maelstrom arising from the challenges of information and cultural communications. Therefore, the editors set forth their focus on dialogue and the communication of critical ideas and information about national and continental cultural activities. They emphasize their intention of being both “image and reflection” of cultural movements today, seeking to fill the gaps in the information that must be filled by scholars and new artists.
The first issue of this twice-monthly art journal also of literature and cultural information, Imagen, was published by INCIBA in the second half of May 1967 in Caracas. This issue offers critical articles as well as cultural information and listings of events in Venezuela and Latin America. The themes include the poetry of Rafael Alberti analyzed by Thomas Merton, an extended visit to Venezuela by the visual artist Alexander Calder, the “condition of the contemporary novel” as seen by Julio Cortázar, and a film section in which Román Chalbaud discusses the work of Jean Luc Godard. The journal also provides an article on a current art event: the fourth Bienal Armando Reverón, held in 1967, and short reviews of cultural events at the national level. This first issue is important in its own right and as the first of a long series. It is significant because the reasons it was established are evident, along with its stated objectives—which would be maintained over forty years of circulation. Over the years, the themes developed in the various articles would continue to meet these objectives.