In 1972, Stella donated “Isfahan III” (1968) to the Museum of Solidarity in Chile. After a coup d’etat, the artwork disappeared for nearly 20 years, but its story is coming to light as the museum conserves the painting with the help of the Getty Foundation.
Chile’s artistic community is criticizing the country’s recent decision to forego ARCOmadrid in 2021, arguing the government wants to censor artists who would air its human rights transgressions abroad.
Albertina Martínez Burgos, who had been covering the Chilean government’s attacks on its citizens, was found dead in her home in Santiago. Her camera, laptop, and notes were reportedly missing from the crime scene.
The Contemporary Art Fair of Chile has been postponed, galleries are temporarily shuttering, and an artist-led organization is crowdfunding for legal and medical aid for protesters.
The relatively recent history of Pinochet’s dictatorship looms over many Chileans, and artists are still in the process of reckoning with the country’s past.
“It so happens I am sick of being a man,” Pablo Neruda wrote in his 1933 poem “Walking Around.”