"There is an art that does not need museums signed by architects-Estrella, nor sponsors, nor public money, nor commissioners of posh." That art only needs readers, and it's in the books. From these, some writers have achieved for art what a part of the avant-garde sought obsessively without achieving it entirely: its most radical dematerialization. These narratives put us in front of an art that emerged from the words when it was given for sure the victory of the images on these. "An art that springs from the book when we were most crushed by its crisis." Thus starts the report that stars the cover of the next issue of Babelia, signed by Iván de la Walnut, which comes to account for a trend that is observed this autumn among the literary novelties: The coincidence of several novels that are starring Artists or treat the creation of plastic as a plot theme. These include Fred Cabeza de Vaca, by Vicente Luis Mora; The ice brother, of Alicia Kopf; Empty ensemble, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, and optic nerve, Maria Gainza.
In the following pages the reader of Babelia will find an interview with the writer Zadie Smith, who is about to launch in Spanish her last novel, Swing Times, followed by the usual criticisms of editorial news.
The art section opens with a report by Fernando Checa on the exhibition between Miguel Ángel, Pontormo and Giambologna, a great exhibition dedicated to the art of the Cinquecento in Florence. It also highlights, with an article by Angela Molina, the retrospective that the Andalusian center of Contemporary Art dedicates to Peter Campus, pioneer of video art.
The section of music is occupied by an interview of Javier Rodriguez Marcos to the Valencian Julio Bustamante. The theatrical critic Marcos Ordóñez writes about Islàndia, new work by Lluïsa Cunillé, premiered in Barcelona. In the opinion pages occupies the Free Tribune this week Beatriz Sarlo, along with the usual signatures of Antonio Muñoz Molina and Manuel Rodriguez Rivero.
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