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Ticio Escobar: The Invention of Distance / La invención de la distancia

Ticio Escobar, with a preface by Marek Bartelik and an introduction by Adriana Almada

Translated by Christina Mac Sweeney

Paperback: 298 pages

Publishers: AICA Press, AICA Paraguay, and Fausto Ediciones, 2013

List Price: € 20.00

 

This bilingual edition inaugurates a series of books by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA International) devoted to recipients of AICA International’s Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Art Criticism.

Paraguayan Ticio Escobar has been an incisive commentator on the transformations of contemporary art for more than 30 years.  His investigations into the connections between the art of indigenous peoples and contemporary art have won him numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Prince Claus Prize, and the Bartolomé de Las Casas Award.  Writing in the preface, AICA International President Marek Bartelik describes Escobar’s writings as a form of “textual collage” that maps the possibility of communicating  as “individuals looking out towards the infinite while carefully looking at art right in front of us.”

Escobar’s essays appear in this volume in the original Spanish and in Christina Mac Sweeney’s elegant English translation.  They are arranged into four thematic sections:

•       Art Beside Itself

•       The Incomplete Frame

•       Nandí Verá (The Brilliance of Nothingness)

•       The Unrepeatable Appearance of Distance

Each charts what Adriana Almada describes in her introduction as Escobar’s understanding of contemporary art’s “symbolic capacity to disrupt the flow of events and install a space outside of time that restores humanity to a sense of wholeness.”

The Invention of Distance /  La invención de la distancia is distributed by AICA International. To purchase, inquire to aica.office@gmail.comPurchase price is € 20.00 (or the dollar equivalent on the day of purchase), plus shipping.

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