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ICAA Highlights for December 2016

Dec 9

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100th anniversary of the birth of Juan Acha Valdiviezo (1916–95), who began his work as a critic in the late fifties in El Comercio de Lima (under the penname of J. Nahuaca) and who is recognized as one of the main Latin American art theorists in the twentieth century. Acha created a vast body of theories on aesthetic systems, arts, crafts, and design, and fought for the conceptual sovereignty of Latin America. His studies covered multiple artistic currents, such as video and settings, as well as the theory and practice of the non-objectual arts of Latin America. Some of his most important publications are: Art in Latin American Today (1961); Arte y Sociedad en Latinoamérica (Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1979); Ensayos y Ponencias Latinoamericanistas (Caracas: Galería de Arte Nacional, 1984); Las culturas estéticas de América Latina (Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1994). For more information about this important art theorist visit the ICAA’s shared collection.  

10th anniversary of the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Color, curated by Mari Carmen Ramírez and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from December 10, 2006 to April 01, 2007. The exhibition traced the conceptual and technical processes that led to Oiticica’s emancipation of color into space. It presented approximately 220 objects representative of the different series created by the artist between 1955 and 1969, shedding light on the various contexts and influences that nurtured their production, and demonstrating the rigor of his aesthetic inquiry. For more information on this key 20th-century Brazilian artist, visit the ICAA Digital Archive’s shared collection.

56th anniversary of the exhibition of Kenneth Kemble works at Galería Lirolay, Buenos Aires, on December 5 through 21, 1960 [ICAA Record ID 741632]. Argentinean artist Kenneth Kemble (1923–98) was a key figure of the Informalist movement in Argentina, having been associated with the group of abstract artists Asociación Arte Nuevo [ICAA Record ID 743082]. After this exhibition, Kemble went on to present his works a year later at the controversial group exhibition Arte Destructivo [Destructive Art] [ICAA Record ID 741505], also held in Galería Lirolay. For more information, visit the ICAA Digital Archive’s shared collection.

60th anniversary of the inaugural Exposição nacional de arte concreta: artes visuais e poesia [National Exhibition of Concrete Art: visual art and poetry], on December 4 through 18, 1956, organized by the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP) [ICAA Record ID 1232176].  The National Exhibition of Concrete Art provided a national forum for the Concretist tendencies influenced by de Stijl movement (1917–31). It brought together the works of Brazilian concretists, and also highlighted the differences between groups and tendencies. For more information, visit the ICAA Digital Archive’s shared collection.

This month we also celebrate the birthdays of many Latin American artists, critics, and art historians whose important works are part of our digital archive: Anita Malfatti (Brazilian; born on December 2, 1889); Lina Bò Bardi (Italian; born on December 4, 1914); Manuel Rodriguez Lozano (Mexican; born on December 4, 1896); Aldo Pellegrini (Argentinean; born on December 20, 1903); Alejo Carpentier (Cuban; born on December 26, 1904); David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican; born on December 29, 1896); Ignacio Gómez Jaramillo (Colombian; born on December 30, 1910) among many others.

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