Launched in early June, the catalog In situ: Visiones del paisaje en las Grandes Antillas [In Situ: Visions of Landscape in the Greater Antilles], a bilingual publication produced in its entirety on the University of Puerto Rico’s Cayey campus, brings us the work shown at the exhibition Dr. Pío López Martínez Art Museum of the UPR-Cayey.
With the purpose of highlighting Caribbean artistic production dedicated to landscape, the book marks the culmination of the project—In situ: Visiones del paisaje en las Grandes Antillas—which included the presentation of the eponymous exhibition as well as the photographic documentation of the work of [Puerto Rican] artist Ramón Frade in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The text was designed by graphic artist Wilma Guzmán and includes essays by Maestro Antonio Martorell and the museum’s curator Mariel Quiñones Vélez. These writings revisit the collection of landscape work by the painter Ramón Frade—originally from Cayey—and master artist Antonio Martorell, while enhancing the knowledge of contemporary artistic production around the construction and interpretation of landscape by 35 creators from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and Jamaica.
Dr. José Molina Cotto, interim president of the UPR-Cayey, said, “We are honored that our museum is the setting for the presentation of the book In situ: Visiones del paisaje en las Grandes Antillas and that it was also a project produced in our institution. We invite the university and broader community to this cultural meeting, where they can learn about the genre of the landscape and its relationship with the arts of the Greater Antilles.”
The curatorial essay by Mariel Quiñones reflects on the different ways in which artists pose the relationship of human beings with the spaces in which they live and how they enunciate the social, political, cultural, and environmental complexities that they face as individuals and as a society. “With the exhibition and with this publication we open bridges of communication and dialogue between the artists of our neighboring islands, which point out the wealth of expressive and discursive languages that characterize the artistic production of this Caribbean region in landscape—a genre of so much history and validity,” said Quiñones Vélez.
In his essay entitled “Paisaje o paisanaje,” artist Antonio Martorell shares a journey of experiences with island landscapes and explains how these gave rise to his robust production of artistic works exploring this genre. “Everything we see, the entire landscape, belongs to us because of the power of the gaze, knowing how to see, and the ability to transform reality,” said Martorell, resident artist of UPR-Cayey.
The production of the book was subsidized by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Chocolate Cortés Collection.
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[Article edited and translated by Ivette Romero. For original article, in Spanish, see http://www.upr.edu/museo-de-arte-de-la-upr-cayey-presenta-libro-sobre-el-genero-del-paisaje-en-las-artes-de-las-grandes-antillas/