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Synopsis

The author of this anonymous review claims that the 1957 exhibition at the Riverside Museum in New York was a success because it confirmed the existence of artistic talent in Puerto Rico. The exhibition?which was sponsored by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (ICP)?included the works of ten artists who went to New York at the invitation of the ICP to see the presentation of their works. The author of this article mentions that some unfavorable comments were made about the quality of Puerto Rican art. The reviewer nonetheless appreciates the interest shown by several New York newspapers, and encourages the public to support the artists by visiting the exhibition and buying their work in order to promote it.

Annotations

This article was illustrated with a cartoon titled "Para gloria de Puerto Rico" [For the Glory of Puerto Rico] by the Puerto Rican cartoonist Carmelo Filardi. This exhibition was reviewed by the following members of the New York press: Dore Ashton, New York Times; Emily Genauer, New York Tribune; Charles Warner, New York Sunday News; and Robert M. Coates, The New Yorker magazine. Considerable controversy and bad feelings were stirred up among the artists by the specific comments of one of the above mentioned critics. For more information see: “En Museo de Riverside, inauguran exposición de pintores de la Isla” [Riverside Museum Opens Exhibition of Painters from the Island], doc. No. 854518; “Pinturas Boricuas NY. Artistas comentan éxito exposición” [Boricua Paintings in New York: Artists Discuss the Success of the Exhibition], doc. No. 854572; “Ricardo E. Alegría comenta éxito exposición de artistas boricuas N.Y.” [Ricardo E. Alegría Discusses the Success of the Exhibition of Boricua Artists in NY], doc. No. 854591), among others.

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico