For the first time in its history, the Dominican Republic has been invited to participate in the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale from June 7 - November 23, 2014. The Biennale is one of the most prestigious cultural events in the world, with over a century promoting new trends in the arts The Laboratorio de Arquitectura Dominican a (LAD) has been appointed curatorial team for the Dominican Republic. Check out their video about the Biennale. LAD LA FERIA CONCRETA from LAD_DR on Vimeo . A photo from the pavillion, with work "Fair Concrete/La Feria Concrete" PHOTO Courtesy Andrea Avezzù/la Biennale di Venezia To see more coverage, including photos of the Dominican Republic at the Biennale, read Vanessa Quirk's article from ArchDaily here What a proud moment for the Dominican Republic!
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. "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 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
When one mentions the name Ivan Tovar , what comes to mind is a famous Dominican painter who is an enigma . It is unlikely that you will ever run into Tovar at art events in the Dominican Republic. Instead, he is someone who keeps to himself. There are stories that if you want to buy a work of art by Tovar, you need to go to his house in the beautiful northern town of Jarabacoa, near Santiago, in the Dominican Republic. Yet, you cannot just appear at his house; you must call him to make an appointment. Ivan Tovar in his house in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. Photo by Frank Pimentel Good luck finding his phone number, but for good reason. Ivan Tovar may be the most successful Dominican surrealist painter to make a name for himself outside of the Dominican Republi c. His paintings sell for over $50,000USD . In an artnet search for past auction results, 77 results appear. Who is Ivan Tovar? Ivan Tovar was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Domincan Republic in 1942.