Footnote: Typoe and La Menesunda

Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge's.

Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge’s.

Typoe standing inside Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge's.

Typoe standing inside Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge’s.










I recently visited Typoe’s installation at Casa Claridge’s and felt as though I had been transported back in time, beyond my birth and to another South American capital: Buenos Aires, 1965. Given the nature of Getting Up it’s no wonder so many visitors were open to time travel. And given the Faena Group’s roots it’s no wonder I chose to travel to Argentina.  Continue reading

Footnote: The Adventures of Jean Mermoz

I’m going through a pretty mellow moment in my life: tucked away in a small town 120 miles south of Santiago I’ve got loads of time to just sit and write. Despite living in a cave, some of the outside world does trickle in and lately it’s been a name: Jean Mermoz.  Continue reading

Footnote: Bauhaus Smoking Gun

I’ve arrived to the point in my dissertation where I address a frequent question: “so, these architects are like a Chilean Bauhaus?” It’s an indirect way of saying, “relate your group to something established, something from Europe, something I know!” I get it, the unknown is terrifying. But I couldn’t live with myself as a Latin Americanist art historian if I didn’t try to pry you away from that life preserver. There are few life preservers in my dissertation and most of them have been relegated to footnotes. Like this one about the Bauhaus.

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Art History Funnies

A charming exhibition of Miguel Rep is currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. From Matisse preparing a hot dog to Picasso coming to terms with a woman in the flesh, Rep is a master of Art History 101 humor. Even when he verges on bad taste (poor Toulouse-Lautrec and his absurdly long brushes) Rep’s light touch keeps cruelty at bay. Life is too short to take anything too seriously and it was refreshing to have a giggle in this gallery.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Henri Matisse.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Pablo Picasso.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series.

Miguel Rep, Bellas Artes Series. Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin,  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.