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This article reviews the first exhibition of the Grupo de Artistas Modernos [Modern Artists Group] of Argentina, presented at Galería Viau and featuring works by independent artists Sarah Grilo, Hans Aebi, Miguel Ocampo, and Fernández Muro, as well as those by Concrete artists such as Tomás Maldonado, Alfredo Hlito, Enio Iommi, Claudio Girola, and Lidy Prati. The article indicates that this exhibition suggests the beginning of a radical transformation in the Argentinean visual arts, due to the creative efforts of the artists included.

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The nine issues of the magazine nueva visión [New Vision] were designed to serve as a space of redefinition and dissemination for Concrete art. The magazine circulated from December 1951 to 1957, with Tomás Maldonado (1922) serving as director. Although the writers’ committee varied in composition throughout the years, the participants included Carlos Méndez Mosquera, Juan M. Borthagaray, Francisco Bullrich, Jorge Goldemberg, Jorge Grisetti, Rafael E., J. Iglesia, Mauricio Kagel, Guido Kasper, Alfredo Hlito (1923–1993), the architect Horacio Baliero, and Edgar Bayley (1920–1990).

The Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [GAMA] was composed of the concrete artists Tomás Maldonado, Alfredo Hlito, Lidy Prati, Claudio Girola, and Enio Iommi; it also brought together the independent abstract artists Miguel Ocampo, Antonio Fernández Muro, and Sarah Grilo. The group was active from 1952 to 1955. 

This article was selected for its value in documenting the first exhibition of the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina.

Researcher
Cristina Rossi.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires.