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    Sobre la invención poética / Edgar Bayley
    Arte Concreto (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- No. 1 (Ago. 1946)
    p. 13 : ill.
    Journal article – Artists’ Statement
    Bayley, Edgar. "Sobre la invención poética." Arte Concreto (Buenos Aires), no.1 (August 1946): 13.

This document is a programmatic source that established the bases for the creation of Argentinean concrete poetry and how it differed from other forms of poetry that, until that time, related poems to certain objects in the search for logical meaning.


The editorial project of the Asociación Arte Concreto—Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association] consisted of two publications: the magazine Arte Concreto [Concrete Art], published in August 1946 and the Boletín de la Asociación de Arte Concreto Invención [Bulletin of Concrete Art — Invention] nº 2, which appeared in December 1946. The magazine Arte Concreto was also known under the name Arte Concreto—Invención, although its imprint states Arte Concreto. The editorial committee was composed of Edgar Bayley, Simón Contreras, Alfredo Hlito and Raúl Lozza. This magazine published the “Invencionista Manifiesto” which was accompanied by the “Suplemento Poesía” written by both Contreras and Bayley. The Asociación Arte Concreto—Invención was composed of Bayley, Antonio Caraduje, Simón Contreras, Manuel Espinosa, Hlito, Enio Iommi, Obdulio Landi, Lozza, Tomás Maldonado, Alberto Molenberg, Primaldo Mónaco, Oscar Núñez, Lidy Prati, Jorge Souza and Matilde Werbin; the members of the Secretariat were: Manuel Espinosa, Lozza and Maldonado. Juan Mele, Gregorio Vardanega and Virgilio Villalba joined later. 

Edgar Bayley (1919-90) is the name adopted by Edgar Maldonado Bayley, the Argentine poet who obtained relevance in the 1940s avant-garde. Bayley participated in the creation of the magazine Arturo (1944); and was a founding member of the Asociación Arte Concreto—Invención and was also a member of the Poesía Buenos Aires group; he published numerous books of poetry, stories and essays. 

This document was selected because it sheds light on the programmatic foundations proposed by the artists who supported the idea of an Inventionist art: that which would not represent but rather present concrete realities. 


Cristina Rossi
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Courtesy of Susana Maldonado, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Archivo Fundación Espigas.