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  • ICAA Record ID
    842330
    TITLE
    Introduction / Rafael Montañez Ortiz
    IN
    The Voyager. -- New York: El Museo del Barrio, Nov. 6, 1981 - Febr. 5, 1982
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Ortiz, Rafael Montañez. “Introduction.” In The Voyager. Exh. cat., New York: El Museo del Barrio, 1981.
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Synopsis

Artist Rafael Montañez Ortiz describes the assemblages of Marcos Dimas, Puerto Rican artist based in New York City, as an extension of his childhood experience of digging up bits of pre-Columbian Taino artifacts in the fields of Puerto Rico. He proposes that the works by Dimas are the result of digging into his subconscious, communing with his cultural origins, and affirming his identity as a Puerto Rican artist today. Ortiz proposes the term “ethno-aesthetic” to define Dimas’s approach to art making. The author further maintains that all modern art is indebted to the arts of Asia, Africa, and the Americas; he observes that Euro-American artists who regarded native art as primitive or foreign were misguided, so that he praises the authenticity of Dimas’s creations.

Annotations

Rafael Montañez Ortiz was an innovator in the destruction art movement of the 1960s. A member of The Art Workers’ Coalition, an activist group that fought to end racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination in the New York City art milieu, Ortiz founded the community-based Puerto Rican museum, known as El Museo del Barrio in 1969. He collaborated with Marcos Dimas, the founding father of the Puerto Rican artist collective, Taller Boricua, in order to establish the Puerto Rican Art Workers Coalition. Dimas served on the first artist advisory board of El Museo del Barrio.

Researcher
Yasmin Ramirez
Credit
Courtesy of Artist R. M. Ortiz, Highland Park, NJ.
Courtesy El Museo del Barrio ["Introduction", Raphael Montañez Ortiz by "El Museo del Barrio"], New York, NY