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  • ICAA Record ID
    1169122
    TITLE
    Latinoamérica : Identidad y conciencia de un nuevo arte humanístico / Alirio Rodriguez
    IN
    El Universal (Caracas, Venezuela). -- Jun. 3, 1979
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – Conferences
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rodríguez, Alirio. "Latinoamérica : Identidad y conciencia de un nuevo arte humanístico." El Universal (Caracas, Venezuela), June 3, 1979.
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Synopsis

In this text, Alirio Rodríguez presents his vision of what he deems the most important forces in creative expression in Latin America in the second half of the 20th century, mainly technological discourse and humanistic art. In defense of the humanist conception, the Venezuelan painter focuses on the need to create a visual language that has at its center the image of man—which must never be a mere afterthought of creative expression produced as a result of the new technological age. Rodríguez provides an overview of the context in which contemporary Latin American art takes shape, acknowledging the components of cybernetic culture that condition its visual, expressive, and thematic development. Finally, he reaffirms the role of man as cause and effect of his own reality.

Annotations

An emblematic artist of New Figuration in Venezuela, painter Alirio Rodríguez (b. 1934) defends his position on the power of technology in the contemporary world. These excerpts from the paper “Latinoamérica: Identidad y conciencia de un nuevo arte humanístico,” delivered at the colloquium “La creación artística en la sociedad contemporánea” held at the Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain di Venezia in 1979, sum up the conception of a reflexive process in humanistic art that Rodríguez first formulated in his early writings from the sixties and later published in the book Carta a Nadie (Caracas, 1975). Rodríguez’s thinking, which brings together a variety of human values, is grounded in major international figures in philosophy and criticism whose visions he adapts to the studies of modern and contemporary researchers.

Researcher
María Virginia Pineda Aranda
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Location
Centro de Documentación. Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas. Plaza de Los Museos, Parque los Caobos, Caracas 1010,   República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Telf:  58-212-5726841 / 5735035 / 5764028