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  • ICAA Record ID
    773008
    TITLE
    Antonio Ballester : Escultor Español en México
    IN
    Las Españas : Revista literaria (México, D. F., México). -- No. 2 (Nov. 29, 1946)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 8 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Antonio Ballester: Escultor Español en México." Las Españas: Revista literaria (Mexico City) 1, no.2 (November 1946): 8.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Abril, Manuel, 1884-1943; Ballester, Tonico, 1910-; Mora Cirujeda, Luis; Pérez Comendador, Enrique; Vicent Mengual, Julio; Vicent Suria, Carmelo
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Synopsis

This brief text refers to a 1935 newspaper article by Manuel Abril about the Concurso Nacional de Escultura [National Sculpture Contest] whose theme was “Conmemoración a Lope de Vega” [In Remembrance of Lope de Vega]. Abril reports that the results were dismal because the participants’ insensitive submissions revealed a sense of academic apathy—with the exception of works by the sculptor Antonio Ballester. Fresh and elegant, his pieces conveyed a discreet, low-key sense of unfettered avant-garde creation. In Abril’s opinion, Ballester shone as the creator of religious images in this exhibition-contest by submitting a portrayal of the Birth in the form of a procession that was accompanied by “the poetry of Lope de Vega.” To further illustrate his opinion, the writer refers to photographs of the sculptor’s early work that already expressed his boldness and traditional leaning in spite of the rampant artistic censorship during those tumultuous days just before the outbreak of the Spanish civil war.

Annotations

In 1932 the Valencian sculptor Antonio Ballester Villaseca (1910–1990), with Josep Renau and Francisco Carreño, founded the Unión de Artistas Proletarios [Proletarian Artists Union], thus demonstrating his political commitment and his avant-garde sensitivity. It should be noted that this article mentions his incarceration in 1939 as the civil war came to an end; he spent time in a jail in Valencia along with many young members of the Escuela Valenciana [Valencian School]. On his release, Ballester made a living by creating religious images. In 1946 he went into exile in Mexico where he worked with the architect Félix Candela, who was also an exile.

Researcher
María Teresa Suárez / Guadalupe Tolosa : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Location
Ateneo Español de México, A. C.