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A letter from Enio Iommi to Blanca Stabile, to be published in the “Dialogue with our Readers” section, which explains that Aldo Pellegrini was responsible for the development of the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [Modern Artists of Argentina Group]. Aldo Pellegrini was also responsible for the coordination of the two groups referred to.
Enio Iommi is an Argentine artist; he was born in 1926 in Rosario, in the Argentine province of Santa Fe. He was one of the founding members of the Asociación Arte Concreto – Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association], and was also involved in the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [Modern Artists of Argentina]. In 1977, Iommi presented an exhibition called Adiós a una época [Farewell to an Era] that heralded a profound change in his poetic art. Blanca Stabile de Machinandiarena (1911-1991) was an art critic and journalist; she was also engaged in the defense of women’s rights. She was the Argentine ambassador to the United Nations and, in 1958, was in charge of the National Department for Women’s Social Safety and Protection at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Aldo Pellegrini (1903-1973) was a poet, playwright, essayist, art critic, and a moving force in Argentine cultural circles. He was an early promoter of Surrealism, and directed several publishing projects. He was also an active supporter and promoter of the various expressions of Abstract act, and provided encouragement to groups such as the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina and the Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association]. Ver y estimar [To See and Ponder] magazine was published by Jorge Romero Brest with the help of a group of his students. It appeared thirty-four times between April 1948 and December 1953. Publication was interrupted for a few months, and then ten more issues appeared during its second incarnation, which lasted until October 1955. Damián Carlos Bayón was the head of the editorial department. This particular item was chosen because it documents the opinions of one of the members of the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina regarding the development and workings of that group from 1952 to 1955. It also explains that Aldo Pellegrini was responsible for coordinating the subgroups made up of Concrete artists such as Tomás Maldonado, Alfredo Hlito, Lidy Prati, Claudio Girola, and Enio Iommi, and the independent Abstract artists Miguel Ocampo, Antonio Fernández Muro, and Sarah Grilo.