THE INITIAL REACTION first-time viewers often have to the work of the artistic team known as Equipo Crónica is one of barely concealed amazement. For, on the one hand, it is remarkable to view such an uncompromising and sophisticated visual commentary on art and the role of the artist issuing from the supposed cultural wasteland of late-Franco Spain. On the other hand, it is even more surprising to learn that a quarter century after its formation, Equipo Crónica has yet to receive any official recognition beyond Europe. In fact, the entire saga of Equipo Crónica’s career may eventually be seen as a case study of how one country may have gone too far in cleaning up its culture for the sake of international consumption.

In some ways Equipo Crónica is no less a thorn in the side of official Spanish culture today than it was when it was practicing. Spain has been in its post-dictatorship period

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