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  • ICAA Record ID
    731423
    TITLE
    Notas para una estética materialista / Alfredo Hlito
    IN
    Arte Concreto (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- No. 1 (Ago. 1946)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 12 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Artists’ Statement
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Hlito, Alfredo. "Notas para una estética materialista." Arte concreto (Buenos Aires), no.1 (August 1946): 12.
Synopsis

This analytical review of the practice of art as seen from the perspective of dialectical materialism, states that the process of aesthetic invention leads to an expression of something new—an object with new properties.

Annotations

The editorial efforts of the Asociación Arte Concreto — Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association] yielded two publications: a magazine, Arte Concreto, published in August 1946, and the Boletín de la Asociación de Arte Concreto Invención nº 2 [Journal no. 2 of the Concrete Art and Invention Association] that appeared in December 1946. Arte Concreto magazine was also known as Arte Concreto — Invención although its imprint identifies it as Arte Concreto. The members of the editorial board were Edgar Bayley, Simón Contreras, Alfredo Hlito, and Raúl Lozza. This magazine published the Manifiesto Invencionista [Inventionist Manifesto], and included a poetry supplement with contributions from both Contreras and Bayley.

Alfredo Hlito (1923-93)—an Argentine artist that was a member of the Asociación Arte Concreto — Invención and the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [Modern Artists Group of Argentina]—lived in Mexico City from 1963 to 1973. He died in Buenos Aires.

This document has been chosen because it expresses both the basic ideas of the artists who proposed an invencionista art—with a goal that was not to portray any reference whichever, but rather actual presentations of concrete realities—and their full commitment to Marxist ideology.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Sonia Henríquez Ureña de Hlito, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Archivo Fundación Espigas.