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In this article, Raquel Tibol, an Argentine journalist living in Mexico, interviews the person she considers to be the “maximum official authority” in the field of local art criticism: Justino Fernández, director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas [Institute for Aesthetics Research] of the UNAM and author of several books on Mexican art. The historian tells Tibol that contemporary criticism “cannot simply study form, it must encompass the totality of the artistic content or theme.” He believes that “criticism is that other thing which, with historical and philosophical understanding, delves into form and content, situating them in their respective places.”
This is the first of several articles in “a series of interviews and round tables” that Raquel Tibol (1923–2008) organized around the topic of contemporary art criticism. In later articles, she interviewed Inés Amor, Josefina Montes de Oca (a.k.a. Joq), David Alfaro Siqueiros, Felipe Pardinas, and others. The journalist had originally thought of a “special issue” of the Novedades supplement, which would include the last review made on Diego Rivera (1886–1957) before his death, in which this specific topic is addressed.