Articles of ‘Paco Barragan’

Push to Flush. American Iconoclasm and Painting

Push to Flush. American Iconoclasm and Painting

(Or Why Dana Schutz’s Painting of Emmett Till Goes Far Beyond Freedom of Expression)

By Paco Barragán
The recent controversy about Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket (2016) at the Whitney Biennial is reminiscent of similar incidents in the United States that keep popping up with frenzied fury.
In this case, the attack came from [...]



Interview with Mary Anne Staniszewski

Interview with Mary Anne Staniszewski

“The installation design functions to reframe in a very powerful way the meaning of the experience and the meaning of the work of art.”
Published in 1998, The Power of Display is still one of the most fascinating and essential books if we want to understand the history and practices of Modernist museum exhibitions. [...]



Push to Flush. How New York Lost the Idea of Modern Art… (On Museums, Collections and Spectators)

Push to Flush. How New York Lost the Idea of Modern Art…  (On Museums, Collections and Spectators)

By Paco Barragán
Having been asked to narrate my recent visit to New York to some of its seminal museums, my remarks on it must be taken as biased-in the nature of a reprobation-rather than as the expression of entirely independent criticism.
I freely admit that I gently borrowed the title from French professor Serge [...]



Interview with Juan Dávila

Interview with Juan Dávila

“Our first modernity in Latin America is indigenous, not a discovery in Paris in the 1870s, something happens there that resists academic, scientific and rational thought.”

By Paco Barragán
On the ocassion of his recent solo show “Juan Dávila: Imagen Residual/After Image” at Matucana 100 in Santiago de Chile, we spoke to Juan [...]



Antonio Cortés Rolón – Éxodo

Antonio Cortés Rolón – Éxodo

Galería Cidreña - Cidra, Puerto Rico

By Abdías Méndez Robles

“Art is a reflection of the world. If the world is horrible, the reflection in the mirror is horrible.”
Paul Verhoeven (1938)
Antonio Cortés Rolón lived like an emigrant during his stay in New York from 1983 to 1985, when he studied for a master’s degree [...]



Interview with Sanneke Stigter

Interview with Sanneke Stigter

“Conservation is about the way the artwork can be perceived and not only about how it is presented.”
Dutch Sanneke Stigter holds a Ph.D. in the humanities from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Between 2004 and 2011 she was head of conservation of contemporary art and modern sculpture at the Kröller-Müller Museum. The [...]



Interview with Gamaliel Rodríguez

Interview with Gamaliel Rodríguez

“I often see progress as retrogression.”
Puerto Rican artist Gamaliel Rodríguez (1977, Bayamon) has from the very beginning achieved a particularly recognizable style. His eerie and intriguing work deals with concepts like memory, history and vigilance and is rather “un-Caribbean” in style.

By Paco Barragán
Paco Barragán - Puerto Rico is a small island with [...]



Push to Flush: Political Dali. Communism, Falangism, and Francoism in Salvador Dali’s Life

Push to Flush: Political Dali. Communism, Falangism, and Francoism in Salvador Dali's Life

By Paco Barragán
If we study photographs, articles, manuscripts, books, letters and Salvador Dalí’s autobiography we can easily come to the conclusion that as of today Dalí’s political life is still greatly unknown by most art professionals due to the fact that all exhibits and retrospectives-think of Pompidou and Museo Reina Sofia or the [...]



The Curator as Censor (On Censorship and Curating)

The Curator as Censor (On Censorship and Curating)

By Paco Barragán
The suppression of speech or other written information goes back a long way. Just remember how Socrates in 399 B.C. was put to death via the forced ingestion of hemlock because he challenged the Greek state’s attempt to censor his philosophical ideas.
From time to time we are confronted with the control [...]



Interview with Ronald Ophuis

Interview with Ronald Ophuis

“With the introduction of violence and sexuality the identification with the victim or the perpetrator is stronger and more intense.”
Dutch artist Ronald Ophuis (born in 1968, Hengelo) has, since the late 1990s when I first saw his work in Amsterdam, built up a consistent pictorial oeuvre in which history, memory and narrativity emerge [...]