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In this text, the Argentine critic, Rafael Squirru, analyzes the exhibition, Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina. Pinturas, esculturas, dibujos [Modern Art Group of Argentina. Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings], held at the Galería Viau in June 1952. After mentioning the positive aspects of the paintings shown, Squirru states that the sculpture on exhibition is not as good as the painting. He also questions the name of the group, which labels itself “modern,” and he deems the spiritual content of the work to be poor.


The Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina (GAMA) was organized by artists who worked in the Concrete art trend: Claudio Girola, Alfredo Hlito, Enio Iommi, Tomás Maldonado and Lidy Prati, as well as the independent artists, Hans Aebi, José Antonio Fernández Muro, Sarah Grilo and Miguel Ocampo. The group was active between 1952 and 1955.

Criterio [Standard] was a Catholic literary review that was first circulated in Buenos Aires in March 1928, under the direction of Atilio Dell’Oro Maini. In its early years, there were many writers who were pleased contribute to the review, including Emilio Pettoruti, Enrique Amorim and Ulyses Petit de Murat. Later, however, many of its contributors distanced themselves from the publication, closing ranks and taking their inspiration from the “Catholic Action” proposed by Pope Pius XI.

Rafael F. Squirru (1925) is an Argentine critic and poet. He studied Law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and later graduated from the Law School at the University of Edinburgh. He was the founder and first director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires and, in 1957, founded the publishing house, Ediciones del Hombre Nuevo.


Cristina Rossi
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fundación Espigas.