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  • ICAA Record ID
    733948
    AUTHOR
    Urruchúa, Demetrio
    TITLE
    XXIII Salón Nacional / D. U. G.
    IN
    Nervio : crítica, artes, letras (Buenos Aires, Argentina). --Vol. 3,  no. 29 (1933)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 46
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Reviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Urruchúa, Demetrio. "XXIII Salón Nacional." Nervio: crítica, artes, letras (Buenos Aires), vol. 3, no. 29 (1933): 46.
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Synopsis

The artist Demetrio Urruchúa writes an art critique of the National Salon, an annual show of Argentinean art. He believes it to be an expression of art’s decadence. Among his commentaries, he emphasizes his negative view of the work of Lino Enea Spilimbergo, whom he defines as a local follower of the Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. From a libertarian perspective, Urruchúa opposes the proletarian art promoted by the realists whom he considers quite close to Communism; he maintains that, in its fullest sense, art is the free expression of man.

Annotations

Demetrio Urruchúa analyzed the National Salon, which had devotedly sanctioned the work of Lino Enea Spilimbergo, within the context of David Alfaro Siqueiros’s visit to Buenos Aires. This exhibition was also analyzed by Siqueiros in the pages of Crítica [Critique]. (See document 763426.) 

Demetrio Urruchúa (1902–1978) was a writer and illustrator for Nervio [Nerve], a libertarian socialist publication; he also considered himself a socially engaged painter who defended art as the free expression of man. Here, Urruchúa stressed his negative view of Spilimbergo’s work. He considered Spilimbergo a follower of Siqueiros, who expressed the ideological clash between Communism and anarchism within the arts. Nevertheless, one decade after the controversy, in 1944, both artists gathered together with Antonio Berni (1905–1981), Juan Carlos Castagnino (1908–1972) and Colemiro, in order to create the Taller de Arte Mural [Mural Art Workshop]. 

Researcher
Roberto Amigo
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Leda Urruchua, Capital Federal, Argentina
Location
Cedinci