Two years after settling in Washington in 1977, the Colombian painter Félix Ángel (b. 1949) started work on a lengthy critical account of the group of artists of his generation from Antioquia, the state where he was born. The article captures the heat of the author’s arguments and his piercing observations, and describes the unpleasant results of the quarrels that erupted from time to time in various art circles.
The article reveals Ángel’s critical commitment (including self-criticism), which closed doors for him in certain circles in the limited cultural life in Medellin in particular and in Antioquia in general. This is an interesting insight into the long and difficult process involved in introducing regional art into the country’s contemporary art mainstream which, in his opinion, was manipulated by shrewd people with vested financial interests.
This document is a good complement to Nosotros [Us], his earlier (1976) book of interviews with 10 contemporary artists [see doc. # 1092608], and to the history of the major figures of the period that Ángel began thirty years later, in Nosotros, Vosotros, Ellos. Memoria del arte en Medellín en los años 70 [Us, You, Them, Remembering the Art in Medellín in the 1970s] (2008). [doc. # 1099471].