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  • ICAA Record ID
    1169366
    TITLE
    Un incesante viajero que al final descubre el enigma / Katherine Chacón
    IN
    Angel Vivas Arias : antología del desarraigo : pinturas, dibujos, fotografías y objetos : Museo de arte Maracay, abril-mayo 1992 -- Ateneo de Caracas, Galería Los espacios calidos, mayo-junio 1992. -- [Caracas : El Museo 1992]
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 6-24 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Catalogs
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Chacón, Katherin. Un incesante viajero que al final descubre el enigma. In Angel Vivas Arias : antología del desarraigo : pinturas, dibujos, fotografías y objetos : Museo de arte Maracay, abril-mayo 1992.  Ateneo de Caracas, Galería Los espacios calidos, mayo-junio 1992. Caracas: El Museo 1992.
Synopsis

In connection with the exhibition Antología del desarraigo (1992), the curator Katherine Chacón writes about the career of the Venezuelan mixed-media artist, Ángel Vivas Arias. The writer highlights the duality of mysticism and nature evident throughout his creative life. From this perspective, she examines Vivas Arias’s early art experiences, an intermediate period characterized by assemblages made of objets trouvés (found objects), and the last period of his work, in which he explored performance as his principal means of expression. Chacón emphasizes the surrealistic aspect of the artist’s work and the power of the symbol as the conceptual basis for his approaches.

Annotations

This text written by the curator Katherine Chacón (b. 1964) offers an analytical basis for the artistic beginnings of the Venezuelan painter and mixed-media artist, Ángel Vivas Arias (1949–1986), as well as a retrospective view of his work. It provides important data on his artistic influences that enable the reader to gain a better understanding of his later development. Similarly, the critic Roberto Guevara (1932–1998) considers this text to be “the live documentation of a body of work that was not fully and convincingly presented until this exhibition” (see the article “Ángel y el museo,” El Nacional, Caracas, July 21, 1992). To strengthen the ideas proposed at the Venezuelan level and provide support for some of her research, Chacón bases one of her arguments on fragments of an essay written by the North American writer Susan Sontag (1933–2004), “Notes on Camp,” which was included in her book Against Interpretation.

 

The exhibition Antología del desarraigo (Maracay: Museo de Arte, 1992) was held by this museum during the months of April and May 1992; subsequently, it was presented at the Galería Los Espacios Cálidos del Ateneo (Caracas, May–June 1992). The exhibitions were held to honor the artist, six years after his untimely death.

Researcher
Maria Virginia Pineda Aranda
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Reproduced with permission of Katherine Chacón, Caracas, Venezuela
Location
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas. Cota: 750.92 R324 B665 e.4