Commentary on quote from Cuban artist Quisqueya Henriquez regarding Dominican painting
By now, those of you who follow Dominican art will have heard about the controversy surrounding the Dominican Republic's 27th National Bienal for Fine Arts. I would like to draw your attention to the quote from Quisqueya Henriquez, a Cuban artist and a juror of the Bienal, as reported in the online Dominican newspaper, Diario Libre, on August 20, 2013.
For those of you who do not understand Spanish, Henriquez said that while over 500 works were submitted for consideration for the 27th Bienal, and 186 were selected for consideration for a prize, no Dominican painting was selected because, as Henriquez said,the painters were not at the same level of QUALITY as the other "languages." For this reason, no Dominican painting was selected for a prize."Quisqueya Henríquez manifestó que las propuestas que hicieron los pintores no estaban a la altura de la calidad de los otros lenguajes. "La pintura dominicana, en la actualidad, no merecía un premio, no obstante hubo una cantidad de ellas seleccionadas. Estamos hablando de más de 500 obras, y se hizo una selección de 186", dijo, al dejar claro que ésa fue la valoración que hicieron."http://www.diariolibre.com/noticias_det.php?id=398583&l=1
There are various problems with this comment.
- The painters are NOT who are being JUDGED. It is their WORKS of art that should be judged.
- I find it hard to belie, that out of the paintings submitted, not one Dominican painting sirvió or was worthy of a prize. How can Henriquez, whose field of expertise is in collage, print, video, installation, and sound, judge what is QUALITY painting or not?
- If the Dominican Republic has no quality paintings, and therefore, painters, how then do GALLERIES in the Dominican Republic prosper, like Mesa Fine Art, Arte San Ramon, Galeria Nader, Arawak, etc.. ?
- How do painters in the Dominican Republic earn a living principally from selling their paintings, if supposedly, Dominican painting does not deserve a prize?
- If Dominican painting does not deserve a prize at the Bienal then why do fine art schools like, Chavon, Bellas Artes, UASD, even exist? Isn't this then a commentary that the professors who teach the painters of the Dominican Republic do not know how to teach? For if they knew how to teach, then of course, Dominican painting would be worthy of a prize and be of quality.
- If Dominican paintings aren't worthy of a prize at the Bienal, then why do Dominican painters living in Europe and the United States continue to garner praise in those respective countries and continue to show their work in well respected museums and galleries?