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Art critic Marta Traba assesses the work on exhibition at the Salón de Arte Moderno [Salon of Modern Art] that took place at the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango of the Banco de la República de Colombia. Traba claims that this event was the best exhibition of 1957. Unlike the X Salón Nacional de Artistas [Tenth National Salon of Artists], the Salón de Arte Moderno presented the leading figures in Colombian modern art, such as sculptors Alicia Tafur, Julio Abril, Julio Fajardo, Hugo Martínez, Edgar Negret and José Domingo Rodríguez; and painters Cecilia Porras de Child, Judith Márquez, Lucy Tejada, Luis Alberto Acuña, Fernando Botero, Enrique Grau, Alejandro Obregón, Marco Ospina, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, Carlos Rojas, Hernando Tejada, and Guillermo Wiedemann. In this text, Traba discusses each of the works on display and compares them to the earlier production of each artist.
This article by Marta Traba (1923–1983), an Argentine art critic who lived in Colombia for many years, was published in Prisma, the magazine of art criticism Traba founded in 1957 and subsequently directed. The text evidences the sensible if demanding way she accompanied the development of new generations of Colombian artists from the time of her arrival in the country in 1954. It also attests to the values that Traba defended in her early criticism, values that questioned the generation of artists active in Colombia in the twenties and thirties.