Video by Monique Lehman (Poland):
Video by Monique Lehman (Poland):
As of June 18th, 2016 Teatro Solís—the 160 year-old theater—is presenting an anniversary show in its PhotoGallery: A graphic retrospective of the patrimony of all Uruguayans.
Inaugurated in 1856, this stately landmark has treasured the artistic and cultural life of Montevideo, incorporating new forms and languages along the way, and developing audiences.
With the founding of its CIDDAE Center for Research, Documentation & Presentation of Scenic Arts, the Solís becomes an important asset in the field, with preservation, protection, and communication as important goals. However, it is important to remember that alongside theory, Teatro Solís has state-of-the-art technology, and offers a fantastic opportunity in the arts as well as quite an experience for the public.
In October 2017, the 7th WTA Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art will take place mainly at the Teatro Solís. Numerous other venues will participate during this event, but the Solís will house the main shows.
The Small Format Textile Art Salon as well as the Photography With Textile Theme Salon will take place at the Exposition Hall at Teatro Solís, and all works will approach the scenic/performing arts theme—contemplating theatre (puppets, circus, clown, street theatre, cabaret, recital, concert,) carnival and/or any endeavor related to those arts.
Also, due to the variety of expression mediums to which artists have access nowadays, the 7th WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art looks to broaden the field of participation by proposing as a challenge, to venture into electronic mediums by way of an art video or “VideoArt,” making reference to textiles in any of its possibilities.
A Large Format competition will also be presented.
More information: http://uruguay2017.wta-online.org/
7th International WTA Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art
LARGE FORMAT SALON SIZE REQUIREMENTS
Large Format Textile Art “Folding-Unfolding”
(Arte Textil de Gran Formato “Plegable-Desplegable”)
Maximum= 100 X 280 cm | Minimum= 50 X 150 cm
Maximum measurements for tridimensional work: 280 cm (height) x 100 cm (width) x 80 cm (depth), and minimum: 150 cm (height) x 50 cm (width) x 50 cm (depth).
Maximum weight for works delivered in person: 20 Kilos.
Maximum weight for works sent by mail: 10 Kilos.
7th WTA International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art: “DIVERSITY” Uruguay 2017.
Note: At biennial level, the last two exhibitions are pioneers.
Some months back, a woman from New York City contacted me with the news that she was about to sell a tapestry by the renown Uruguayan artist, Ernesto Aroztegui, and she wanted me to pass along the offer to people in South America before she would sell it on eBay (photo not shown here).
The incident was regrettable since the woman’s photographs showed that the valuable tapestry was used as a floor mat or rug and was photographed over the driveway’s concrete floor. That fact made some of Aroztegui’s fans cringe from disgust, along with the obvious sadness not to be able to acquire it and donate it to a museum.
It is unfortunate that some people may view art as a purely utilitarian object, but I hope that whoever owns the tapestry in question will understand its value not only in terms of dollars and cents, but as part of the legacy of a talented and prolific weaver and teacher, recognized worldwide.
Cochabamba, Bolivia. — Simón I. Patiño Foundation is presenting a comprehensive exhibit by Uruguay-born artist, Beatriz Oggero until October 26, 2014. The elegant venue, Portales Palace Exhibition Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia where this event is taking place, currently displays a beautiful garden outdoors, and a garden of colorful and delicate textile works inside.
Beatriz was director of CETU Textile Center in Uruguay, and has had multiple exhibitions in many countries. She studied weaving with Maestro Ernesto Aroztegui in Montevideo, and later started working in sprang and tricot technique on her own. Says she:
Lost somewhere in the countryside, almost unknown, without being consecrated either by the Catholic Church or as patrimony, lies one of the jewels of Uruguay: the tiny chapel built by Catalan urbanist and architect, Antoni Bonet in memory of writer Susana Soca (1906-1959), who died in an accident at the age of 53, and never married.
THE CURATOR: Jorge Francisco Soto.
THE ARTIST: Alejandra González Soca.
THE DATE: International Woman’s Day, March 8th, and March 9th, 2014.
THE INSTALLATION: More than 40 wedding dresses for this site-specific work by Alejandra González Soca.
Raquel Bessio, Olga Bettas, Cecilia Brugnini, Yvonne D’Acosta, Alejandra González Soca, Nora Kimelman, Lilián Madfes, Beatriz Oggero, Ana Poggi, María Inés Strasser & Margaret Whyte.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH MARCH 21ST
The success of World Textile Art (WTA) exhibit, “Textile Journeys” in Uruguay includes very interesting side exhibitions such as “Inclusive Nets” (Redes Inclusivas) in the city of Maldonado.
We had already enjoyed the presence of artist Humberto Demarco in the 4th WTA Biennial in San José, Costa Rica. Demarco, who offered a sensorial art workshop for the blind in 2006 here in Costa Rica, is now offering “Inclusive Nets” workshops in Uruguay, where sight and motor incapacitation victims can learn to weave.
Congratulations to WTA President, Ms. Pilar Tobón, and all artists involved in this very special exhibition.