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    In this June 15, 1927 issue of Revista de avance, the “Guidelines” section includes five brief articles. The first is a response to an article published by Regino E. Boti (1878–1958) in the journal Orto about “1927.” The writer and journalist from Guantanamo praised Revista de avance for being innovative and maintaining intellectual and critical rigor. His article, entitled “La Muerte del Minorismo,” also comments that the journal represents a rupture with Minorism—referring to the Grupo Minorista. Boti goes on to state that in abandoning that association, the journal has emerged as an independent body “of an exacting minority,” with refreshing ideas, promoting freedom of intellectual activity. In response, the avance editors clarify that while Boti’s comments about the character and spirit of the journal ring true, they have reservations about the journalist’s perception of their break with the Grupo Minorista. The editors explain that avance is nothing more than “one division of the avant-garde” within the “militant opinion movement” represented by the “minoristas.”

     

    The second note announces that “1927” Exposición de Arte Nuevo will be presented in the city of Matanzas and will include 130 works. The exhibition will be promoted both by Revista de avance, whose editors plan to attend the event, and by the “minoristas in that city.” This note exhorts militant intellectual groups to cooperate and to revive their practice by joining forces with this undertaking.

     

    The third short article announces and promotes a lecture to be given by the Mexican journalist Alfonso Rosado Ávila on June 25 when he visits Havana. Rosado Ávila was both a friend and contributor to the journal as well as a member of Mexico’s “Federación de Artes Gráficas” and a founder of the Mexican “Journalists’ Union.” The Revista de avance editors stated that he “has not just improved working conditions, but has also raised the professional standing of journalists.” Another note announces the exhibition that would present a collection of drawings and painting by the Belgian artist Pierre Flouquet, brought to Cuba by the Cuban poet Mariano Brull.

     

    The last brief article discusses the visit by the Spanish writer and lecturer Federico García Sanchiz (1886–1964) to Havana and the “less than enthusiastic welcome” extended to him by the union of journalists. The journal notes that while it is committed to publishing an article by the Spaniard, this will have to be postponed due to other priorities.     

     

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    The Revista de avance had a section entitled “Guidelines,” which included short informative articles or comments on matters or events related to the focus of the journal. In this section, the editors informed the reader about changes, clarification, and comments on previous articles or matters of interest, in the form of brief articles. Of particular importance in this issue is an article responding to comments published by the writer/journalist from Guantanamo Regino E. Boti in the journal Orto. In discussing the article “La Muerte del Minorismo,” Los Cinco—the name used by the avance editors to sign their editorials—reaffirmed their relationship with the Grupo Minorista, in which they were active members. Boti had interpreted the independent, avant-garde, innovative spirit with which they launched the journal as a break with Minorism, or at least a signal of their desire to distance themselves from that movement. Presented with this observation, Los Cinco not only reaffirmed their link to the group, but pointed out the alignment of their principles and values with those of that group.

     

    Alfonso Rosado Ávila was a noteworthy Mexican journalist. He founded several publications, including Diario del Aire, the first newspaper designed to be read on the radio. As a critic and writer of essays, in 1922 he contributed to the formation of the National Press Writers Union and the Bloque de Obreros Intelectuales de México [a collective publisher that identified itself as a Union].

     

    Federico García Sanchiz was a Spanish writer and orator who traveled worldwide, giving talks and documenting his experiences in the form of essays and critical prose. 

     

    [For further reading, see in the ICAA digital archive other “Directrices” published on: March 30, 1927 (doc. no. 1298727); April 15, 1927 (doc. no. 1298763); April 30, 1927 (doc. no. 1299725); May 15, 1927 (doc. no. 1299773); May 30, 1927  doc. no. 1299841; August 15, 1927 (doc. no. 1299913); August 30, 1927 (doc. no. 1299981); September 15, 1927 (doc. no. 1300019); and September 30, 1927 (doc. no. 1300074)].