Mª Dolores Barreda and Itziar Zabalza, communicators at the International Congress of Art Criticism at the Reina Sofía Museum
The General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and AECA member, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez and the Presidency Advisor, Itziar Zabalza Murillo, presented a communication last Friday, June 22, 2018 at the International Congress of Art Criticism, inaugurated the previous day in the Reina Sofía Museum and organized by AECA, the National Association of Art Critics.
In the Congress, which has focused on analyzing the Art Critic and the crisis and renewal that they need, they presented the communication entitled “Go back to gain momentum: regeneration and reinsertion of art criticism”, a review of the current situation that crosses the sector, with “the agony that suffers the job of art critic and that is leading to extinction. The alarming thing is not only its disappearance, but the absolute indifference that its death will suppose “. A communication that made a brief analysis of the causes of this crisis in which to witness the current reality, with a basis to reflect deeply on what is happening.
And all this with a clear compared example of art criticism whose function and result are the most disparate, despite having a distance of more than eighty years. And also a series of clear, clear and simple proposals, in which to try to find the necessary regeneration, based on the knowledge of the sources and authorities of the world of art criticism and the null presence of it in the world of art. current creation.
This is the essence that both authors, representing the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, presented clearly, pleasantly and studied.
Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and member of AECA introduced some lines in which she examined the current situation that the Art Criticism is going through, establishing in a series of basic points the reality of the sector. “Nothing new that does not know who is attracted by art and read about it; only proven facts of an overwhelming reality “.
On the other hand, Itziar Zabalza Murillo, Adviser of Presidency of the AEPE, made a review comparing two art critiques separated by 80 years and in which it is very clear why criticism has been increasingly moving away from the public and society , since “while the criticism that was published in number 441 of the Gaceta de Bellas Artes, corresponding to the month of January 1935 (Year XXVI), signed by the Galician writer Enrique Estévez Ortega and entitled” A great exhibition “, is fully current and current, that of the critic Fernando Castro, entitled “Murillo, what we lack of the artist”, published in the Cultural ABC of December 12, 2017, is how the critic clearly distances himself from the reader “.
Finally, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez presented some conclusions resulting from the in-depth analysis of the situation with a clear proposal that directly involved the Spanish Association of Art Critics.
The communication will be published later in the book “Art Criticism: crisis and renewal”, in paper format, but in this same web page, tab “News and Publications”, sub-tab “Interviews and Reports”, the text can be found complete.