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The announcement in the Boletín Nº 10 issued by the CGM (Club de Grabado de Montevideo, founded in 1953) includes a description of the Club’s organization and means of support, and a reference to its membership in the recently formed Confederación de Organizaciones Culturales. There is also a mention of the CGM’s association with the UAPC (Unión de Artistas Plásticos Contemporáneos) and with similar organizations in other countries. The announcement discusses the Club’s goal of promoting the CGM to other local entities by circulating its members’ prints, organizing exhibitions, participating in fairs, and educating the public, and outlines the CGM’s cultural strategy.

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In 1964 the CGM (Club de Grabado de Montevideo, a member-supported association founded in 1953) started publishing its Boletines, or newsletters. Some were brochures, while others were simple fliers consisting of a single folded sheet of paper. These Boletines (which ceased to be published in 1975 and then reappeared in the 1980s) provided news about the Club’s activities and reported on the changes taking place in the visual languages and the new serial techniques that circulated information about the aesthetic preferences of certain segments of Uruguayan society. These newsletters often undoubtedly contributed to the sociopolitical criticism that was in vogue at the time.

The announcement in the CMG’s Boletín Nº 10 (December 1965) states the need to develop new criteria for the selection and exhibition of works in order to put the Club in touch with a wider range of audiences, and advocates participating in street fairs as part of an attempt to experiment with new strategies to gain greater exposure. The Boletín also announces new internal competitions for instructors and students. This announcement is important because, among other news items, it reports on the CGM’s role in the formation of the COC (Confederación de Organizaciones Culturales) after the Sala Municipal de Exposiciones was occupied by visual artists, musicians, and theater people to protest certain decisions made by the government during the course of 1963 [on that subject, see the following articles in the ICAA digital archive, both of which are anonymous: “¿Arte versus política?” (doc. no. 1231919) and “Astractos concretan” (doc. no. 1231216)]. That event led to the founding of the UAPC (Unión de Artistas Plásticos Contemporáneos), the association of contemporary visual artists that the CGM artists joined. The announcement describes the process and urges the reader to grasp the importance of becoming a member of the institution. This campaign and the Club’s increased membership led to the founding of the ECG (Escuela de Club de Grabado) in 1965, which in turn allowed the group’s members to be more broadly involved in the visual arts, a development that contributed to their development as artists.

[As complementary reading, see in the archive the following articles published by the Club de Grabado de Montevideo: “Concurso de grabado para edición” (doc. no. 863481); “13 años de actividad de Club de Grabado de Montevideo” (doc. no. 1183571); “El arte correo en el Uruguay” (doc. no. 1191850); “Boletín N° 7 Club de Grabado de Montevideo” (doc. no. 1182833); “Club de Grabado compra su casa” (doc. no. 1192649); “Club de Grabado de Montevideo 22 Aniversario 1953 - Agosto 1975” (doc. no. 1183514); “Cuando el Tercer Mundo se mira a sí mismo. II Bienal de La Habana” (doc. no. 1184459); “De los grabados de ayer a las ediciones actuales” (doc. no. 1191787); “Definiciones / Uno” (doc. no. 1189065); “Entrevista a Luis Mazzey” (doc. no. 1186991); “Entrevista a Óscar Ferrando” (doc. no. 1186747); “Entrevista a Óscar Ferrando [segunda parte]” (doc. no. 1186802); “Fundamentos a propósito de su 22 aniversario” (doc. no. 1182640); “Mini Grabado Internacional de Cadaqués. España” (doc. no. 1191135); “La necesidad de la imaginación” (doc. no. 1190793); “Nuestra institución” (doc. no. 1182010); “Los nuevos movimientos de las artes” (doc. no. 1182868); “Opiniones (I)” (doc. no. 1185411); “Palabras de clausura para un año de apertura” (doc. no. 1191167); “Referencias sobre identidad, cultura y arte en Latinoamérica” (doc. no. 1183641); “Reflexiones en torno a la supuesta crisis de las artes plásticas” (doc. no. 1185539); and “Sobre el papel de la crítica” (doc. no. 1187071)].

Researcher
Marina Garcia, Gabriel Peluffo
Credit
Courtesy of Oscar Ferrando acting as ex-secretary general.
Location
Archivo del Museo Juan Manuel Blanes