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PRINT November 1988

MIGUEL ANGEL RÍOS: EPICS FROM THE EARTH

THE ISSUE OF THE CONNECTION between homeland (not nation) and art has to a large extent been lost at the present time. Ever since the magnetization of Paris in the late 19th century made the capital of France the capital of modern art, and of its commercialization, it hasn’t mattered where you come from or where you’re going as long as you remain in the capital. Today, artists from all over the world seek to be homogenized in New York and to have the city’s commercial systems distribute their work everywhere else. Ethnicity has become a much degraded concept. Originally, ethnic meant “the others,” the foreign, the godless; now it just signifies “minorities,” as in “Let’s eat Chinese tonight.” But there is an ethnic or generic aspect to all art, however hidden by contemporary myths it may be. The art world tends to suppose itself immune to nationality, and functions almost as if it, that

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