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Maker: Carlos Cortez
Date Made: 1977
Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago
Measurements: 88 cm x 59 cm; 34 5/8 in x 23 1/4 in
Main Subject: Chicano/Latino
Materials: paper (fiber product); wrapped, corners
Eso "Del Arte Por El Arte Mismo" Es Un Absurdo Y Sus Defensores Han Crispado Siempre Mis Nervios. Siento Por El Arte Tan Reverente Admiraciòn Y Amor Que Me Lastima Verlo Prostituido Por Personas Que No Teniendo El Poder De Hacer Sentir Otras Lo Que Ellas Sienten Ni Hacer Las Pensar Lo Que Ellos Piensan, Ocultan Su Impotencia Bajo El Mote De "El Arte Por El Arte Mismo" Ricardo Flores-Magón Movimiento Artistico Chicano PO Box 2890 Chicago Illinois 60690 CAC 78
Acquisition Number: 1994-083
Translation: This "art for art's sake" is absurd and its defenders have always burned my nerves. I feel such a reverent admiration and love for art that it hurts me see it prostituted by the those who do not have the power of making others feel like they do or think what they think, they hide their impotence under the motto of "art for art's sake." Ricardo Flores-Magon
Jose Gonzalez founded the Movimiento Artistico Chicano (MARCH), which was the first Chicano arts organization in the mid west. MARCH was incorporated in Illinois in 1975 as a not-for-profit cultural/arts organization. Its goal was and is to promote Chicano and Latino literary and visual arts expression, with an emphasis on the Midwest and Chicago.
Production Notes: White paper
Copyright status unknown; may be protected by copyright law.
RICARDO FLORES MAGÓN (1873-1922) Ricardo Flores-Magón was a writer, anarchist, and an organizer in Mexico prior to the 1910 Revolution. He founded a newspaper entitled, ”Regeneración” (Rebirth) which aroused the workers against the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz in Mexico, who ruled from1876 to 1911. In 1903, he was expelled from Mexico. Because the paper was too controversial in Mexico, he published it in the United States. It was then smuggled back into Mexico and read by the forces of Emiliano Zapata, among others. Zapata took Flores-Magón’s slogan “tierra y libertad” (land and liberty) and made it his own battle cry. Magón lived and organized in Texas, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Because of collusion between the Mexican government and the U.S. government, the United States eventually arrested Flores-Magón in 1918 for seditious activity and jailed him in Leavenworth penitentiary where he died under mysterious circumstances. This "art for art’s sake" is absurd and its defenders have always burned my nerves. I feel a reverent admiration and love for art that it hurts me see it prostituted by those who do not have the power of making others feel like they do or think what they think, they hide their impotence under the motto of "art for art’s sake." Ricardo Flores-Magon The paper in Flores-Magón’s hand symbolizes his theory on art. While in prison, he wrote a treatise in which he clearly opposes the idea of art for art’s sake. Because he felt such a reverent admiration and love for art, Flores-Magón lamented what he interpreted as the “prostitution of art” by those who were unable to communicate.