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    [Letter, s. d.] Nueva York [to] Lorenzo Homar
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    Camnitzer, Luis to Lorenzo Homar, Nueva York. The private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan de Puerto Rico.

In this letter, Uruguayan artist and academic Luis Camnitzer tells printmaker Lorenzo Homar that he and the other artists at his New York Graphic Workshop had managed to get the Center for Inter-American Relations to suspend a New York exhibition of Latin American art that had been organized in conjunction with 15 galleries. The rationale involved implied that it was humiliating to open their doors to these works for just one week, on the grounds that they were Latin American. At a symposium on Latin America presented at Columbia University, they were able to hold “a minute of silence” for those who had died during direct interventions by the United States in Latin America. A counter-symposium was also organized, and there were plans to hold a boycott of the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil, which would include a parallel counter-Biennial. 



Luis Camnitzer (Lübeck, Germany, born 1937) joined Liliana Porter and José Guillermo Castillo to found the experimental New York Graphic Workshop (NYGW) in 1964. His etching Línea ausente [Absent Line] (1969) was awarded a prize at the1970 I Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano [1st San Juan Biennial of Latin American Prints]. Lorenzo Homar (San Juan, 1913-2004) organized in 1957 the Taller de Gráfica [Graphics Workshop] at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, which he directed until his resignation in 1973. Some of the foremost artists of Puerto Rican art studied printmaking techniques in this workshop. Homar inspired in them dedication and love for the art, for, as he once said: “There is no vocation without discipline, and without discipline there can be no freedom in art, or elsewhere.” Homar was one of the organizers of the First Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano held in 1970. He developed the technique of silkscreen and offered numerous workshops in and outside Puerto Rico.


Flavia Marichal Lugo.
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Courtesy of Luis Camnitzer, Great Neck, NY.
Courtesy of the private archives of Laura and Susan Homar Dämm, San Juan Puerto Rico, PR