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A drawing that circulated as a cover for the dossier which included several documents produced in connection with the support and organization of the Tenth Sao Paulo Biennial boycott. In this drawing the Latin American territory is firmly held by a hand showing the characteristic features of the United States flag.


Since its inception in 1951, the Sao Paulo Biennial has been the centralizing focus for the circulation and recognition of Latin American art. Due to the dictatorship affecting Brazil after the 1964 coup, several groups of artists decided to boycott the 10th Sao Paulo Biennial which was being planned for September 1969. In France, the leader of the boycott was Pierre Restany (1930-2003), a French critic who supported the New Realism, participated in the Journal Domus published in Milan, and presided over the Palais de Tokyo [Tokyo Palace]. Restany was always interested in contemporary art and in a closer connection with Latin American art.   This document describes the meeting held to carry out the boycott initiative. This source was selected as a testimony to the artists’ reactions vis-à-vis the regimes of censorship, repression, and torture, imposed by the dictatorial policies in Latin America.

Cristina Rossi
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Archivo Julio Le Parc, París, Francia.