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    Arte Latinoamericano hoy / Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda
    Plástica, Revista de la Liga Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan (San Juan, Puerto Rico). – Nº 9 (mar. 1982).
    p. 9 - 10 : ill.
    Journal article – Essays
    Cobo Borda, Juan Gustavo. “Arte Latinoamerican hoy.” Plástica, Revista de la Liga Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan (San Juan, Puerto Rico), no. 9, (August 1982):  9–10.
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The Colombian poet Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda talks about the Argentine critic Damián Bayón and his passion for Latin American art. He mentions some of Bayón’s books, such as: Aventura plástica de Hispanoamérica [Hispanic America’s Visual Arts Adventure] (1974); América Latina en sus artes [Latin American Through Its Art] (1975); Sociedad y arquitectura colonial sudamericana [South American Colonial Society and Architecture] (1974); and of course, his most recent work, Artistas contemporáneos de América Latina [Latin American Contemporary Artists] (1981). Cobo Borda devotes several paragraphs to the most recent book because he thinks that it explains the Latin American artistic tradition. In this latest publication, Cobo Corda mentions Bayón’s description of how each artist arrived at his or her particular form of artistic expression.


Damián Carlos Bayón (1915–1995) was a visiting professor of art history at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras campus from 1953 to 1958. In January 1954 he delivered two lectures, “Arquitectura y Paisaje en Europa: Francia, España, Italia” [Architecture and Landscape in Europe: France, Spain, and Italy] and “La concepción del espacio en la pintura antigua y moderna” [The Conception of Space in Ancient and Modern Painting]. From June 1955 through January 1956, he traveled in Europe, gathering material for his classes while on paid leave from the University of Puerto Rico. He would then draw on that material to write on the visual arts.His contract was cancelled, effective August 18, 1958. (Inactive dossier, First batch, Box B-41, Central Archive, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras campus).

Plástica magazine, where this review was published, was an art publication that appeared fairly regularly in Puerto Rico. It began modestly enough in 1968, as the newsletter of the Liga de arte de San Juan [San Juan Art League], but changed its name in 1978 to Plástica revista de la Liga de estudiantes de San Juan [San Juan Student League Visual Arts Magazine]. Its very specific title notwithstanding, the twenty-one issues of the magazine explored a wide range of subjects within the broad parameters of Puerto Rican and Latin American art, filling its pages with retrospective coverage of subjects, such as the V Bienal de San Juan del grabado latinoamericano y del Caribe [5th San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Prints] (1981), Puerto Rican architecre, and Latin American visual arts. The first editorial board of the magazine included Hélène Saldaña, Delta Picó, Cordelia Buitrago, and J.M. García Segovia. In addition to the many essays written by top Puerto Rican thinkers, the magazine published contributions from some of the leading Latin American artists and critics, such as Luis Camnitzer, Damián Bayón, Jacqueline Barnitz, Samuel Cherson, Joseph Alsop, Omar Rayo, and Ricardo Pau Llosa, among many others.

Flavia Marichal
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras