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This is from the catalogue of the Nuevo Arte de la Argentina [New Art of Argentina] exhibition (Buenos Aires: Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, February 18 through March 8, 1964). The document explains that the goal of the exhibition was to present, in the city of Buenos Aires, a collection of works by the artists whose works had been selected to appear in an exhibition to be titled New Art of Argentina about to be presented at the Walker Art Institute, in Minneapolis, from September 9 through October 11, 1964, and in “other museums in the United States.” The text reveals that Jan Van der Marck, Jorge Romero Brest, and Samuel Paz made the selection. It also mentions that some of the works by artists who “live abroad cannot be exhibited” and that other than those by Alicia Penalba, Marino Di Teana, and Julio Le Parc, “they have been replaced by other works” that are indeed presently in Buenos Aires. 


The New Art of Argentina exhibition was organized by the Walker Art Institute, in Minneapolis, in tandem with the Center for the Visual Arts Center at the Torcuato Di Tella Institute. The latter was at the time under the direction of Romero Brest himself. In addition to being presented at these two institutions, the exhibition traveled also to The Akron Art Institute (from October 25 through November 29, 1964), the Atlanta Art Association (from December 13 through January 17, 1965), and the Archer M. Huntington Art Museum, at the University of Texas, Austin (from February 7 through March 14, 1965).  


The artists who were involved in the exhibition were as follows: Hugo R. Demarco, Julio Le Parc, Luis Tomasello, Carlos Silva, Eduardo A. Mac-Entyre, Víctor Magariños D., Miguel Ángel Vidal, Sarah Grilo, José Antonio Fernández-Muro, Miguel Ocampo, Kazuya Sakai, Clorindo Testa, Mario Pucciarelli, Osvaldo Borda, Víctor Chab, Martha Peluffo, Rogelio Polesello, Ernesto Deira, Rómulo Macció, Jorge de la Vega, Luis Felipe Noé, Antonio Seguí, Delia Sara Cancela, Carlos Squirru, Delia Puzzovio, Marta Minujín, Antonio Berni, Rubén Santantonín, Libero Badíi, Noemí Gerstein, Ennio Iommi, Gyula Kosice, Alicia Penalba, and Marino Di Teana.  


The schedule proposed for this traveling exhibition was based on one of the major goals of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute, which was to expose Argentine art in the international sphere, and to include Argentine aesthetic works of art in the evolution of the international avant-garde.  

Natalia Pineau.
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Courtesy of Archivo di Tella, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.