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  • ICAA Record ID
    740960
    TITLE
    The day Hollywood discovered Segui / K. Kemble Smith
    IN
    Buenos Aires Herald (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- May 15, 1961
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Kemble Smith, Kenneth. "The day Hollywood discovered Segui." Buenos Aires Herald, May 15, 1961.
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Synopsis

Kenneth Kemble wrote about Antonio Seguí’s international career to feature the international character of the new generation of Argentinean artists he belonged. In this context of acceptance by the international marketplace, the production by Argentinean artists was stressing the artistic quality of the new approach to painting. What was notable, in this case, was the purchase of an Antonio Seguí artwork by the American actor, Edward G. Robinson. Kemble pointed out the receptivity of foreign public with regard to its lack of knowledge in the local milieu. 

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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 for the English community in the capital, founded in 1876) between 1960 and 1963. Afterwards, 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. 

This document is a good example of the importance of foreign sanctioning of Argentinean art, a solid variable of internationalism, according to Kemble. 

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.