Artes Visuales (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- No 6 (1971)
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In this article, the Argentine critic Marta Traba (based in Puerto Rico at the time) declared herself an “admiradora” [admirer] of the Mexican artist, José Luis Cuevas. In her opinion, he was the best draftsman on the continent and one of the best in the world. Traba tells about the exhibition held by the artist at Galería El Morro, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in which Cuevas showed self-portraits, and representations of the prostitutes of San Salvador. The writer makes a comparison between the drawings of the San Salvador whores and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, by Pablo Picasso. In that painting, the Spaniard artist turns these women into “soportes estructurales de una nueva visión espacial” [structural supports for a new spatial perspective].
Marta Traba (1930–1983) published a substantial number of articles in the various countries where she lived. When she arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she had previously lived in Bogota, New York, Paris, and Buenos Aires. From August 1970 through the summer of 1971, the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras engaged her to teach a course on Latin American art as well as the obligatory courses on the General Theory of Art History (201) and the History of Modern Art (213), among others, in the department of fine arts. In the summer of 1971, she taught a class on aesthetics. At the end of the summer, the University did not renew her contract. While she was living in Puerto Rico, Traba wrote books, and many newspaper and magazine articles, in which she expressed her views on Puerto Rican art, which prompted considerable response and criticism in art circles.