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Debris of Light – When photography becomes a field of demolition

by Jairo Dueñas   The hands of a philosopher trying to capture time frozen in an old family photograph can turn it into an excavation site. This is the work of the Colombian artist Andres Vergara. Portraits of memory and oblivion. Anyone hammering on a large photograph against a wall is without a shred of [...]

Quietly Radical

Every two years art lovers all over the world pay attention to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and expect to see a most radical, shocking, daring and controversial exhibition in the United States. Since the museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt introduced the idea in 1932, the Whitney Biennial event has become the [...]

A Social Revolution

Abstract Expressionism, which in the 50s revolutionized painting and veered art towards a new direction of experimentation and individual freedom, now strikes again with new impact at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida, United States. Under the title of Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, a selection of 25 paintings loaned by the famous art [...]

Surrounded Islands

A city gains its reputation rightfully or erroneously, but to change that perception in people’s hearts, it needs a good idea. A great idea. A monumental idea. Miami is known for many things, a retirement paradise, a passageway for drug trafficking, a hurricane magnet. A clichéd image of sun, fun and stupidity. A cultural wasteland…until [...]

A Monumental Immersive Art

The “Heroes Monument” in Bogota, Colombia, is a six-story rectangular stone tower dedicated to the warriors that had fought for the independence of six South and Central American countries from the reign of the colonial Spain in 19th Century. Forgotten and neglected, the door was always chain-locked. From afar, one could see the statue of [...]

Picasso and Nature

Many of us know Pablo Picasso mainly for the powerful statements he has made regarding war and violence, revolutionary plastic approaches of Cubism and Modernism, his interest in African art, his passionate and convoluted formal explorations of portraiture, of human figure and women, his rather intimate and tender erotic etchings…But his relationship with Nature has [...]

In Praise of Voluminosity

Some artists are forgettable. Some of them shock you, sadden you, provoke you. Others simply move you beyond words. And then there is Fernando Botero. Love him, despise him or be indifferent, no matter what you feel, Botero continues chaffing at the church, the police, the society at large, anything he fancies, with what he [...]