I wish to thank Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos for inviting me to share this table tonight, though am not sure if I am fit to lecture you about anything, let aside a beautiful and profound matter as the one centering this exhibition.
Thus, I going to share a handful of notes and thoughts that somehow interact and converse with the issue of spirituality, nicely embodied by the artworks surrounding us tonight.
In his seminal essay Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky expressed a sympathy, or spiritual relationship, with the Primitives –very extended at the time among vanguard artists, a fascination that begun in the late 19th century with the post-impressionists. Probably an expression of the new freedom brought to the artist by the newly born art market, which allows them to focus, exclusively, for the first time in art history, on esthetical, formal and technical issues.
He wrote, “Like ourselves, these artists sought to express in their work only internal truths, renouncing in consequence all consideration of external form.”