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In this text, Aldo Pellegrini introduces the Luis R. Tomasello exhibition held at Galería Denise René in Paris (November 1962). He emphasizes that the works presented make use of spatial volumes that are subordinated to the plane in which they move. The serial order of forms creates rhythm and, depending on the light, the work is transformed by generating an ample range of grays out of the cast shadows.
Aldo Pellegrini (Rosario 1903–Buenos Aires 1973) was a distinguished poet, playwright, essayist, and art critic within Argentinean cultural circles. From the beginning, he was linked to the development of Surrealism, and he also directed various publishing projects. Pelligrini also supported and publicized various aspects of Abstract art, promoting some groups such as Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [Modern Artists of Argentina] and Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association].
Luis Tomasello (1915) is an Argentinean artist born in La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires. Although he was educated in the fine arts schools of Buenos Aires, he developed the major part of his work in Paris. He was a member of the 1950s Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association]. This group, founded in 1955 at the urging of Carmelo Arden Quin and with the support of Aldo Pellegrini, tried to disseminate non-figurative art. Tomasello was part of the founding board of directors, and he also exhibited in the first Salones Annuales de Arte Nuevo [Yearly New Art Salons].
Denise René is the emblematic figure of the Parisian gallery that, beginning in June 1945, specialized in the dissemination of Constructive Abstract art, principally that of the geometric and kinetic art trends.
This article—which presented the exhibition held at the Galerie Denise René in Paris in November 1962—was selected because it documents Pellegrini’s support for Tomasello beginning from his very first exhibitions.