Agon

MAKER:
Artist

Arturo Herrera ( Venezuelan, 1959 )

DATE:
2010
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General Description

In ancient Greek drama, agon refers to a formal debate that takes place between the chief characters in a play: the protagonist and antagonist. The character speaking second always wins the agon, since the last word is always hers or his. In this instance, the work's title also likely refers to the George Balanchine ballet of the same name, which was first performed in 1957. Balanchine collaborated with Igor Stravinsky, who wrote its music. The ballet is one of Balanchine’s masterpieces and one of the century’s greatest dances, and Arturo Herrera is a great student and fan of both opera and dance.

Adapted from

  • Jeffrey Grove, DMA Label copy, Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950s - Present, 2012.

  • Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 154.