Buenos Aires: Ediciones Lariviere, 2010. color and b/w plates, bibl., wrps. OCLC: 746598455. Item #97616
Hidden and predestined to be in the dark from its origin the mural "Ejercicio plástico" (Plastic study, 1933) by noted Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, is one of Latin America's masterworks. Its story has the ingredients of a soap-opera: clandestine love affairs, revolutionary ideals, financial and political interests, and a legal battle that still today keeps us in suspense. The attractive side of this suspense novel has sometimes overshadowed the analysis of the aesthetic values of the work. Instead of just decorating a basement of a Buenos Aires "quinta", through his mural Siqueiros concentrated in the visual problems and narrowed the relationship between art and technology. He fabricated an authentic machine of perception, years before kinetic, installation and site specific art were first developed; he created an artwork with scarce antecedents in art history or any other derivation and whose aesthetic values are just coming out to light. Privileged witness to the history of the mural, journalist and art critic Martínez Quijano presents a committed and rigorous analysis of an art masterpiece considered a rarity in the history of the muralism and international avant-garde.