Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nice scholarly reports!

And here are my notes on The Marco Polo Syndrome.

My notes are very similar to yours, I found a lot of definitions an stuff. I also wrote that the writer is encouraging artists to reject western ideas of "authenticity, tradition, and purity" and to approach art through "recontextualization, appropriation, and recycling."

Artistic enlightenment comes through accepting and learning about as many different cultures and sources.

A Eurocentric belief is that art that is a derivative of western art is underappreciated. “Third world artists are constantly asked to display their identity, to be fantastic, to look like no one else or to look like Frida.” I figured out who Frida is; she was married to Diego Rivera.

 Mosquera goes on  to talk about how Rivera and Frida were successful because of how their work showed a certain Latin American quality or aspect and therefore had a sense of being exotic.
Rivera was the most celebrated artist in the U.S. during the great depression. He was commissioned by the Rockefellers to paint a mural that was controversial. He painted a nude woman.

Mosquera mentions Jose Bedia, another Latin American artist; he relates Bedia to The Radicant (which I have read some of). The Radicant pretty much states that artists need to move toward the universal, to be like ivy, and to reject cultural traditions. I don’t know that the last one really applies.

What I mean to be like ivy is that it spreads and adapts, it is not fixed to one spot in the dirt. The Internet helps artists establish this type of web or network. Bedia, however, became a “radicant” because he traveled extensively.

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