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Lorenzo Homar believes that the jury of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño’s art competition—Ketty Rodríguez Benítez, Harold Lasky, and Osiris Delgado—acted irresponsibly in rejecting four of the eight prints presented. One of the rejected works was Homar’s own Marcha fúnebre [Funeral March], a woodcut in three colors. In Homar’s view, a jury must possess vast knowledge of culture in general and of the graphic arts in particular in order to “discern which of the works presented has the artistic and technical merits to justify competing for the honors.” Homar makes it clear that his discontent is not based on to whom the prize was awarded.
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.This letter is a copy of the missive that Homar had sent to Piri Fernández de Lewis, president of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, and to Fernando Monserrate, president of its visual arts department. Homar later sent the letter to another person whose name is not known, since he believed that neither Fernández de Lewis nor Monserrate had heeded his protest.