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  • ICAA Record ID
    740893
    TITLE
    Does this mean local art is catching up?
    IN
    Buenos Aires Herald (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- Nov. 14, 1960
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 3
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Kemble Smith, Kenneth. "Does This Mean Local Art Is Catching Up?" Buenos Aires Herald, November 14, 1960.
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Synopsis

Kenneth Kemble affirms that the multiplicity and vitality of Argentinean art—at the moment—are considerable; above all, in comparison to art from other countries. This allows him to suggest the existence of a new art.

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Kenneth Kemble (Buenos Aires, 1923–1998) was one of the main artists of the Informalist movement in Argentina. Beginning in 1956, he experimented with collages, assemblages, reliefs, and informal and sign painting. Kemble participated in the exhibitions of the Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association], a bastion of abstract trends. In 1959, he was part of the exhibition Movimiento Informal [Informalist Movement] at the Van Riel Gallery. In 1961, Kemble was the driving force behind the exhibition that presented arte destructivo [destructive art]. He practiced art criticism, mainly at the Buenos Aires Herald (a newspaper founded in 1876 for the English community in the capital) between 1960 and 1963. In the following decades, he continued his written reflections with an emphasis on the theory of the creative process.

This document takes part of his series of art critiques published in the Buenos Aires Herald, presenting a solid, interpretive view of Argentinean art of the early 1960s. In his news articles, Kemble was attentive to both the emergence of a new generation of artists as well as vanguardist expressions, Insofar as the informalist trend followers were being consolidated among others. the Instituto Di Tella first shows took place, the Otra Figuración [Another Figuration] and Pop Art appeared, in addition to the emergence of a new type of collector.

In this document, Kemble develops one of his seminal ideas: the vitality of Argentinean art, its renewal, and importance in the international setting.

Researcher
Roberto Amigo.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of the personal archives of Julieta Kemble, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Archivo Kenneth Kemble, Argentina.