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  • ICAA Record ID
    796655
    TITLE
    Destructivism : a manifesto / by Rafael Montañez Ortiz, 1962
    IN

    Rafael Montañez Ortiz : Years of the Warrior 1960, Years of the Pysche 1988.  -- New York, NY : El Museo del Barrio, 1988.

    DESCRIPTION
    p. 52
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Manifestoes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ortiz, Rafael Montanez. "Destructivism : a manifesto  by Rafael Montañez Ortiz, 1962". Rafael Montañez Ortiz:Years of the Warrior 1960, Years of the Pysche 1988.  -- New York, NY : El Museo del Barrio, 1988.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this manifesto, Rafael Montañez Ortiz, who was born in the United States and is of Puerto Rican descent, discusses the concept of destruction as a new mode of creating art. He validates employing “destruction art” as an appropriate methodology, given the history of war that has plagued the twentieth century. Ortiz compares destruction art to sacrificial rituals, thus claiming that destruction art is cathartic because it forces both artists and audiences to purge their violent impulses, and confront their fears of death.

Annotations

Rafael Montañez Ortiz (b. 1934) was an innovator in the destruction art movement of the 1960s.  He was a member of several artist-activists groups that opposed the Vietnam War and fought to end racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination in the United States. It was Ortiz who conceived and founded in 1969 El Museo del Barrio in New York City.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Artist Rafael Montañez Ortiz, Highland Park, NJ