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  • ICAA Record ID
    731518
    TITLE
    Los artistas concretos, el “realismo” y la realidad / Tomás Maldonado
    IN
    Arte Concreto (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- No. 1 (Ago. 1946)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 10
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Artists’ Statement
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Maldonado, Tomás. "Los artistas concretos, el 'realismo' y la realidad." Arte Concreto (Buenos Aires), August 1946, 10.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This is an analytical review of the differences between representative art and the “invention” proposed by the Asociación Arte Concreto — Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association]. The text claims that representative art is not realistic, since the illustration is an illusion; that is, it is just a stage in the process of knowing, but is never actually knowledge itself.

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.

Tomás Maldonado (b. 1922) is an intellectual, a painter, and a designer, who was born in Buenos Aires. In 1945 he helped found the painter’s movement known as the Asociación de Arte Concreto — Invención, and in 1954 he went to Ulm, Germany, to take up a position as a professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung [School of Advanced Studies in Form], where he eventually became the director.

This particular document has been chosen because it expresses the opinions held by concrete artists concerning the concept of realism.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Tomás Maldonado, Milano, Italia
Location
Archivo Fundación Espigas.