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  • ICAA Record ID
    741035
    TITLE
    Buenos Aires is the place for art bargains / K. Kemble Smith
    IN
    Buenos Aires Herald (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- Ago. 7, 1961
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Newspaper article – notes
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Kemble Smith, Kenneth. "Buenos Aires Is the Place for Art Bargains." Buenos Aires Herald, August 7, 1961.
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Synopsis

Kenneth Kemble wrote about the city’s art market in Buenos Aires, noting its special features; an important aspect for the critic and Informalist artist, given that he believed the market was a sanctionizing mechanism. In addition, Kemble bears comparison between the sales of the great masters artworks and artists of the new generation.

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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. Afterward, he continued his written reflections, with an emphasis on the theory of the creative process.

This document takes part 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

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.