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Juan Acha: Vanguardismo y subdesarrollo / The Avant-garde and Underdevelopment

In 1968, critic and theorist Juan Acha published the text “Vanguardia y subdesarrollo.” The critical essay is available here in the original Spanish as well as translated into English for the first time. Selected original texts by Acha are published on post as part of the theme Conceiving a Theory for Latin America: Juan Acha's Criticism.

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Juan Wilfredo Acha Valdivieso, art critic and theorist, was one of the most influential thinkers on Mexican and Latin American art of the second half of the twentieth... Read more »
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Juan Acha: Vanguardismo y subdesarrollo / The Avant-garde and Underdevelopment

In 1968, critic and theorist Juan Acha published the text “Vanguardia y subdesarrollo.” The critical essay is available here in the original Spanish as well as translated into English for the first time. Selected original texts by Acha are published on post as part of the theme Conceiving a Theory for Latin America: Juan Acha's Criticism.

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In 1968, critic and theorist Juan Acha published the text “Vanguardia y subdesarrollo.” The critical essay is available here in the original Spanish as well as translated into English for the first time. Selected original texts by Acha are published on post as part of the theme Conceiving a Theory for Latin America: Juan Acha's Criticism.

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The Avant-garde and Underdevelopment

Lea el original en español aquí. Read it in the original Spanish here.

There is a widespread notion that the artistic avant-garde is incompatible with the socioeconomic underdevelopment of countries that, like our own, belong to the so-called Third World. According to this view, new artistic trends originating in highly industrialized communities do not correspond to our reality. Following them...

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Vanguardismo y subdesarrollo

Read the English translation here. Lea la traducción al inglés aquí.

Se encuentra bastante difundida la idea de una incompatibilidad entre la vanguardia artística y el subdesarrollo socioeconómico de los países—como el nuestro—pertenecientes al hoy denominado Tercer Mundo. Las nuevas tendencias artísticas, originadas en colectividades altamente industrializadas, no corresponden—se asevera—a...

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