Articles of ‘Paco Barragan’

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 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 [...]



Interview with Nat Muller

Interview with Nat Muller

“I am extremely weary of the instrumentalization of the arts for social or political change, as it usually produces mediocre art.”
Dutch Nat Muller is a curator based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. With a background in literature, she ended up, via a detour, specializing in contemporary art and media in the Middle East. Some [...]



Push To Flush: Curating as Metanarrative (On the Metatextual Nature of Curating)

Push To Flush: Curating as Metanarrative (On the Metatextual Nature of Curating)

By Paco Barragán
Too often I hear the complaint that curators, especially when conceiving a concept-based group show, merely use artists to illustrate the statement they’re trying to put forward. This accusation is not only sustained by practitioners outside our artistic realm, but its fiercest champions are to be found among the ranks of [...]



Push to Flush: Pop Culture Versus High Art (Reflections about an Undialectical Dialectics)

Push to Flush: Pop Culture Versus High Art (Reflections about an Undialectical Dialectics)

By Paco Barragán
First capitalism took over pop culture, and now it has taken hold after years of high art. Defining culture can be very complex and contradictory (William Raymond’s definition is still valid), so I depart from an expanded notion that includes both high and low artistic expressions.
If we accept that pre-modern times [...]



Mona Lisa to Marge: How the World’s Greatest Artworks Entered Popular Culture

Mona Lisa to Marge: How the World’s Greatest Artworks Entered Popular Culture


Push to Flush: The Post-Reality Axiom (Or Why Nobody Cares About Osama Bin Laden’s Death)

Push to Flush: The Post-Reality Axiom (Or Why Nobody Cares About Osama Bin Laden’s Death)

By Paco Barragán
“Tell from time to time the truth, so they will believe you when you lie,” French playwright Jérôme Touzalin once said. This strong statement deals not only with truth and lies, but it also invokes, in a particular manner, concepts like reality and representation, veracity and fiction, veridicality and plausibility; in [...]