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  • ICAA Record ID
    803006
    TITLE
    Jorge Soto / Myrna Rodríguez
    IN
    Jorge Soto Sánchez; Works on Paper 1974-1979, June 8 - July 20, 1979.  New York: El Museo del Barrio, 1979.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rodríguez, Myrna. "Jorge Soto." In Jorge Soto Sánchez; Works on Paper 1974-1979, June 8 - July 20, 1979.  New York: El Museo del Barrio, 1979, 1978. 
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Synopsis

Art critic and scholar Myrna Rodriguez writes that the work of Jorge Soto Sánchez should be seen within the context of Latin American art. His grotesque depictions of the human figure bring to mind the work of such artists as Fernando Botero, Oswaldo Guayasamín, and Marcelo Grassmann. She writes that Taíno and African art exert an elemental influence on Soto Sánchez. She sees dualities at play in his work, particularly the bridging of masculine and feminine forms, as well as symbols of life and death. The author comments that Soto Sánchez’s drawings are complex, and laden with emotional conflict—features that deeply impress spectators.

Annotations

Jorge Soto Sánchez has been recognized as the most gifted and prolific member of the artist collective, Taller Boricua, where he served as director of the group in the mid-1970s. His distinctive iconography, which blended African and pre-Columbian motifs, among other traditions, expressed the multiracial and multicultural composition of Puerto Rican identity. In addition to this biographical sketch, the Jorge Soto Sánchez retrospective exhibition catalogue contains essays by North American critic, Corinne Robins (doc. No. 841188), and Puerto Rican artist/critic Myrna Rodriguez (doc. No. 803006). Jorge Soto Sánchez died in 1987.

Artist and critic Myrna Rodriguez was affiliated with Taller Boricua in the early 1970s, and worked alongside Jorge Soto Sánchez for a brief time. In addition to this essay, the Soto Sánchez retrospective exhibition catalogue contains essays by North American critic Corinne Robins (doc. No. 841188), and an autobiographical timeline composed by the artist (doc. no. 803035). Jorge Soto Sánchez died in 1987.

 

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Location
Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, New York