Ticio Escobar  The Invention of Distance

Preface by Marek Bartelik and an introduction by Adriana Almada
AICA International, AICA Paraguay, Fausto Ediciones in association with Ridinghouse 2014
£15.95  |  $25

23 × 16 cm  |  9 1/8 × 6 1/4 in
288 pp
Bilingual: English and Spanish
ISBN: 978 1 905464 95 1

For over 30 years, Paraguayan art critic and curator Ticio Escobar has been an incisive commentator on the unexpected connections between the art of indigenous peoples and contemporary art.

A prominent figure in Latin-American criticism, Escobar’s writing combines philosophical reflection with ethnographic observation. In this volume, his essays are arranged into four thematic sections and tied together by one of the writer’s most crucial ideas: the importance of distance when confronting a work of art.


Escobar has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (1998) and the inaugural International Association of Art Critics Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Art Criticism (2011).  His writings are collected here for the first time in both Spanish and English, reflecting AICA’s role in disseminating art criticism by critics whose writings are predominately known in their native language.

Marek Bartelik is president of AICA International and adjunct associate professor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York. Adriana Almada is a curator, art critic, editor and former president of AICA Paraguay.

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