Art is one of the pillars of the Dominican Republic. The evolution that it acquires as the years go by has been a process that many have been able to witness. It has escaped from customary courses. The established changes, implemented structures, or the management to which it adapts at each stage, are to be highlighted.
The road traveled, the achievements obtained and the people who have formed an essential part of what we know today in our artistic world has been arduous, but safe. It already breaks national borders.
Every February 28, the National Day of the Art Chronicler is celebrated in the Dominican Republic; in honor of this Joseph Cáceres, a very prominent figure in this field. To honor him, the Association of Art Chroniclers (Acroarte), carried out the staging of the first volume of the book ‘Arte Nacional’, a compendium of his column that has been published for 58 years in the newspaper ‘El Nacional’.
About the book The work arises as a result of the Cáceres column, which bears the same name as the book, and which since its creation has been characterized as a bridge between this artist and society, serving as a space for expression and recognition of the artistic world. This edition, of approximately 400 pages, is a compact compilation of Joseph’s writings, oriented towards his journey through art in the country and the way in which he has evolved over the years.
It focuses on mentioning those important aspects that marked a before and after, emphasizing writings from July 1973 to January 1974.
The book is an unconditional defense of the artist, giving priority to the national over the foreign. For this reason, this is one of the aspects that stands out the most, because currently the Dominican Republic needs its art to be valued as it deserves.
In this Volume I of National Art, different chapters are addressed, in which criticisms and reviews stand out on topics of interest related to cultural development and also those responsible for doing so.
Many figures have the ability to put the name of the country high, however, they do not receive enough support or are not even recognized. Now, more than ever, communication professionals are needed who, as the voice of society, carry a message that contributes to this appreciation of national values.
Who is Joseph Caceres? He is more than just a journalist. He is recognized as “a true artist” and many in the industry have had the opportunity to collaborate with him. His advice and writings have marked several generations.
Cáceres stood out as an actor and theater director. From its beginnings, it was characterized as an influence for several of the generations that followed in its footsteps in the written press, radio, television, and even what we know today as digital journalism, as indicated in the activity of putting the book into circulation.
Emelyn Baldera, president of Acroarte, was one of those who described Cáceres as a dean of the art and entertainment chronicle, who has also influenced several generations of journalists and communicators, to whom she served as a guide to open the doors in the world of entertainment and art.
His column is viewed as a sanctuary through which all journalists must pass, due to the fact that it is important to “assume a responsible pen in communication.”
“Being an exceptional witness to the facts to report adhered to the fundamentals of journalism, raising a critical voice when necessary or paraphrasing good advice to a countless number of artistic talents who elected him”, has been his motto during the course of his career. professional life.
Journalism for him has always been one of the most important aspects, one of the many reasons behind everything he has done in his years of life.
He ventured into television in 1963, by the hand of José Joaquín Pérez and Mac Cordero, in the program ‘Hola Nueva Ola’. He gained visibility with the section ‘The showbiz theme of the week’.
By 1974 he brought National Art to television, which aired for the first time on Radio Televisión Dominicana (RTVD), as part of the space ‘El show de Johnny Ventura’.
He was the first to write about La Coco Band, at a time when the career of this group was beginning to take on a stir, he also accompanied Fernando Villalona in its beginnings and was able to interview Johnny Ventura, with whom at the time “he had some differences”, which then they got better.
Special guests Various personalities from the artistic world attended, many awarded with a ‘Sovereign’.
Among these figures are Fernando Villalona ‘El Mayimbe’, Pochy Familia, Amaury Sánchez and Domingo Bautista, among others. At one point they shared their experience with Joseph Cáceres.
“Joseph attacked me when he had to attack me and praised me when he had to praise me,” Villalona recalled.
The anecdotes related to his life were a fundamental part of the activity and this is also related to the publication of this volume, because it brings together all those important moments in the column and is concerned with giving readers a clear concept of the entire artistic process of the Dominican Republic and its evolution.