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  • ICAA Record ID
    744409
    TITLE
    Prólogo
    IN
    Palabras ajenas : conversaciones de Dios con algunos hombres y de algunos hombres con algunos hombres y con Dios. -- Buenos Aires, Argentina : Falbo editor, 1967.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. [7]-9
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    [Ferrari, León]. "Prólogo." In Palabras ajenas: conversaciones de Dios con algunos hombres y de algunos hombres con algunos hombres y con Dios, 7-9. Buenos Aires: Falbo editor, 1967.
Synopsis

León Ferrari explains the method he used to develop the text based on reports from the news media. He discusses his ideas for staging the work. 

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León Ferrari was born in Buenos Aires in 1920, the son of Augusto Cesare Ferrari, the Italian artist and architect. The younger Ferrari was a latecomer to the plastic arts, a status which allowed him to function as a link between the generation of artists from the late fifties and the young avant-garde of the sixties. His early works were ceramic sculptures, but in later years he experimented with wire structures, with a visual form of writing, and with collages. There are two distinct themes running through his work: one is a strong condemnation of military dictatorships, American imperialism, and the ideology of the Catholic Church. The other has a more formalistic quality, expressed in a conceptual style and, at times, in the surrealist tradition. His 1965 object-montage, titled Civilización Occidental y Cristiana [Western Christian Civilization], was censured at theCentro de Artes Visuales del Instituto Torcuato Di Tella [the Torcuato Di Tella Institute’s Visual Arts Center] (see documents 743800, 744085, and 761879). It depicts a Christ mounted on a US Air Force bomber that is plunging Earthward. Ferrari was involved in the political conceptualism movement of the seventies (particularly Tucumán Arde, in 1968). In response to the most recent Argentine military dictatorship’s repressive regime (1975-83), he went into exile in Brazil, where he explored a variety of ideas, such as formalism and the reproducibility of a work, as well as the spatial relationship between sculpture and music (see documents 743960, 744392, and 743870, among others). In 1984 his work was once again exhibited in Buenos Aires, where he finally returned and settled.  
 
The cover of the book is illustrated with a reproduction of León Ferrari’s Civilización Occidental y Cristiana [Western Christian Civilization], the piece that launched such a storm of protest and controversy at the Di Tella Prize in 1965.

Researcher
Roberto Amigo
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of León Ferrari, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Location
Archivo personal León Ferrari