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How Paño Arte Becomes Artepaño

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You can also contact us by clicking here. paño arte Is the private practice of artists in prisons across the United States? artepaño The afterlife of an artifact is included. Discarded or discarded by the intended recipients. paños — ink drawings executed on commissary handkerchiefs used to communicate with loved ones — end up in estate sales or second-hand shops. Second-hand linens are donated in bulk to thrift stores, antique stores, and fleamarkets across the American Southwest. 

Curiosity collectors buy them for many reasons. Maybe the intricate patterns appeal to them. Sometimes, owners of consignment stores or curio shops hope they’ve stumbled upon a treasure in the local Goodwill. When curiosity wanes or when the paño When the art fails to bring in that dream consumer of priceless trinkets and tidbits, it is relegated onto eBay. eBay is where you can find the best deals. Serious art buyers acquire paño arte.

By serious, I’m referring to individuals with connections to galleries, museums, and auction houses. As next-level collectors of rarities, their possession transforms the paño into a valuable commodity. At this level, let’s say, a regional folk-art auctioneer in Santa Fe purchases a paño eBay helps a millionaire visitor come into possession of the item at auction. The prison context is often the main reason for interest in the art. This transaction transforms the paño The object becomes a fetish for the buyer. He (those I’ve encountered are primarily men) then takes the object home to wherever he lives. 

In time, when the aura of the object or interest in the fetish fades, the serious collector seeks to offload his investment on a popular auction house or auction service — more so Artsy than Sotheby’s. If the two parties can’t see eye to eye on the value of the paño, he then cajoles the local museum to take it off his hands, likely accompanied by a tax break that far outweighs the hundred bucks or so he paid back in Santa Fe. (Although museums do not appraise donations, there is still no way to dispute the value. Often, it is in the institution’s best interest to passively accept high estimations.) And that’s the end of his interaction with an artifact that now exists in a public institution as an ostensibly valuable artwork.

What do we do with paño arte At this point? We celebrate it as artepaño.

Artepaño Refers to both an artistic tradition and a movement. It refers to an artistic tradition, which was practiced by Chicanos who were imprisoned from the first quarter of the 20th Century until the present. The canon of art history can recognize artepaño as a viable movement under the banner of Latinx Art and legitimize it as fine art.

Protected behind glass like the “Mona Lisa,” the framed paño The artwork acquires a distinct and new value within the museum. In the interests of preservation within its new institutional context, the privilege of holding and experiencing the artwork in its original context is denied. The veteran museum visitor would never touch the artwork; it’s too valuable. 

The idea behind promoting artepaño The key to promoting its existence and cultural importance is, not surprisingly, fiscal factors. People who are committed to integrity and fairness in art often allow injustices when artists and artworks fall under their radar. It’s easier to ignore or dismiss folk art or craft works than fine art. It’s easier to disenfranchise artists labeled felons. 

As convicted felons, paño In prison, artists lose their ownership rights and even their autonomy. Technically, the artwork they create never belongs to them because the prison owns their commissary handkerchief. Once it is in the hands a USPS courier, then it becomes federal property. If seized as contraband, the paño is deemed state property. While inmate rights vary from state to state, and regulations are variably enforced by federal, state, and private penitentiaries, the paño It is only when it reaches the intended recipient that it becomes independent. 

Tellingly, once possession of the paño is lost, property laws in the United States make it nearly impossible to reclaim. The burden of proving authorship and paying for litigation falls on artists and their family members. Even if there are overwhelming evidences to support authorship claims, claimants will still need to prove that the ownership was transferred illegally or under duress. None of the typical scenarios for paños A legal ruling is required if the property has been lost by the original owner.

However, as the collective appreciation of artepaño As the artist’s plight grows, justice may be found. While it seems farfetched to anticipate federal and state legislators rescinding current laws regarding convicted felons — regardless of how the laws violate basic human rights — demanding due diligence on provenance from institutions holding paños It is more feasible. The first step to restoring agency to Chicano artist is to give credit for those artists who sign their work clearly, often with verifiable prison numbers.

Editor’s Note: This article is a part of the 2023/24 Emily Hall Tremaine Fellowship for Curators and the second of three posts by the AuthorThe third exhibition will be a digital one published on Hyperallergic and sent to all newsletter subscribers. 

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