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  • ICAA Record ID
    1172461
    TITLE
    Cuando se habla de arte popular / Alfredo Chacón
    IN
    II Bienal Nacional Salvador Valero de Arte Popular. -- Trujillo, Venezuela : Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Valero Trujillo, 1988
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 13-15
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Chacón, Alfredo. "Cuando se habla de arte popular." In II Bienal Nacional Salvador Valero de Arte Popular, 13-15. Trujillo, Venezuela: Museo de Arte Popular de Occidente Valero Trujillo, 1988.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this article the Venezuelan researcher Alfredo Chacón discusses the Venezuelan concept of popular art. He asks: When do we talk about popular art? He goes on to explore different social factors that define what Venezuelans consider “popular.” Among them, he mentions the coexistence of two social classes with very different purchasing power, the pre-established (prejudiced) parameters of folklore and popular culture imposed by institutional education, ecclesiastical religion, state policy, industrial or mass culture, and many others forces.

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This essay by the essayist and researcher Alfredo Chacón (b. 1937) appeared in the catalogue for the II Bienal Nacional Salvador Valero de Arte Popular (Trujillo, estado Trujillo, 1988). The essay is interesting because it approaches the question of popular art from a social perspective. Chacón discusses a number of Venezuelan society’s traits that undoubtedly help to determine the country’s concept and assessment of what is considered “popular” in this context, looking beyond the aesthetic and formal aspects of this form of artistic expression. He also suggests alternatives that contribute to the development and (theoretical and critical) appreciation of these arts.   

Researcher
Monica Quintini
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Reproduced with permission of Alfredo Chacón, Caracas, Venezuela
Location
Biblioteca Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas