Art in Latin American Architecture

Art in Latin American Architecture

Art in Latin American Architecture

Art in Latin American Architecture

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The problem of the synthesis of the arts is more complex then it seems at first sight. It is not enough in attempting to solve it, to bring together a group of highlevel artists, even though they may complement one another professionally, aim at the same result and share the same interest in the work to be achieved. It is also necessary--and this is more difficult--that the artists chosen should be perfectly aware of the general questions to be considered and of the particular problems of each profession. The painter's knowledge, for instance, should not be limited to painting, but should include some familiarity with sculpture, engraving, architecture and allied arts. These conditions, though apparently easy to establish, become more involved owing to the complexity of present-day themes, particularly in relation to architecture, where a synthesis of the arts is to be effected. This demands of the artists an exact idea of their motives and technique, in order that they may be able to define the places where their collaboration is required and those where it must be omitted, preserving the architectural elements in all their purity. Such preliminary planning is essential because when the architect designs a wall, a roof or any achitectural element, he keeps in mind the method of construction and the finishing materials that will result in the plastic form. Without a clear conception of the architectural requirements, the discussion will end in futile proposals, and the artists, individually, will proceed with their own work, being concerned only with its importance to themsolves.

Only in extraordinary circumstances could a true synthesis of the arts be achieved. First, it would be necessary to organize a team able to start working from the very beginning of the achitectural sketches, discussing amicably all the problems of the project in their smallest details, without dividing it into specialized areas . . .

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