Pedro Friedeberg: Praise of Folly

Essay by Dan Cameron
2016

One of the master illusionists of late 20th century art, Pedro Friedeberg is enjoying something of a resurgent moment in the second decade of the 21st century. Ever since the 2009 retrospective of his work at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City coincided one year later with the definitive critical study on him, authored by James Oles, there has been a noticeable uptick in international critical, collector and museum attention toward his unique oeuvre. This recognition, insofar as it includes the U.S. art intelligentsia, is long overdue, as Friedeberg, who celebrated his 80th birthday at the beginning of this year, is one of the most celebrated living artists in Mexico, and his artistic trajectory, considered as a whole, is nothing short of remarkable. This is a catalogue of the exhibition "Praise of Folly" at Ruiz-Healy Art in San Antonio, Texas.