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This text by curator Zuleiva Vivas provides a visual overview of and a reflection on the works by Ricardo Alcaide, Nelsón Garrido, María Eugenia Arria, Alberto Asprino, Mauricio Lupini, Alfredo Ramírez, Luisa Richter, Fabiola Sequera, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Gisela Tello featured in the 58th Salón Michelena de Valencia (in the state of Carabobo) in the year 2000. Vivas discusses the philosophical thinking of figures such as Theodor W. Adorno, Hebert Marcuse, Georg W. F. Hegel, and Friedrich Nietzche on questions of art. In different ways, all of those philosophers explored the status of the “work of art” on the basis of the notion that art is information and, hence, a reflection of the society that produces it.


This critical text by curator Zuleiva Vivas provides an overview of different visions of art understood as an expression of the cultural reality of which it forms part. She discusses in particular the philosophical and social categories of beauty and art, as well as the questions of the original, of authenticity, and of the traditional versus the subversive. Vivas provides a set of tools for understanding contemporary art which, in her view, should be readily comprehensible to a wide audience because is a product of these times. From that perspective, she addresses the work of the artists invited to participate in the 58th Salón Michelena in Valencia (state of Carabobo). She places the sixty-four artists included in the event, which took place in the year 2000, into the following categories (among others): current tendencies, conceptual art, new abstraction, serial formulations, contemporary works in ceramics and glass, neo-minimalism, different strains of figuration, controlled graffiti, video, net art, multimedia art, installation, among many others.

Monica Quintini
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Reproduced with the permission of Zuleiva Vivas, Caracas, Venezuela
Biblioteca Luis Molina Pantin, Caracas