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This article is an introduction to the exhibition, Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina. Pinturas, esculturas, dibujos [Modern Art Group of Argentina. Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings]. The Concrete artists included in the exhibition were Claudio Girola, Alfredo Hlito, Enio Iommi, Tomás Maldonado and Lidy Prati, and the independent artists were Hans Aebi, José Antonio Fernández Muro, Sarah Grilo and Miguel Ocampo. Aldo Pellegrini introduces the exhibition as a show with a range of artistic solutions reached by the different artists, whether with elements of geometry and mathematics in a constructive approach or through intuition and emotional content in an approach marked by the free [exercise of the] imagination.
Aldo Pellegrini (Rosario 1903–Buenos Aires 1973) was a poet, playwright, essayist and art critic with outstanding achievements in the sphere of Argentine culture. Linked to the development of Surrealism from its beginnings, he was the editor of several publishing projects. He also supported and disseminated different types of Abstract art and encouraged the organization of some groups such as Artistas Modernos de la Argentina and the Asociación Arte Nuevo [Association for New Art]. The exhibition introduced by this text was held at the Galería Viau in Buenos Aires from June 2 – 15, 1952. The Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina (GAMA) was made up of some artists who worked in the Concrete art trend and some, in independent Abstract art, and was active between 1952 and 1955. This source was selected as a record of the first exhibition of the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina that presented two variants of Abstract art. Side-by-side with the rigorous approach of Concrete Abstract art was the lyrical trend of the independent Abstract artists.