“[El observador ha debido conformarse con una noción negativa del arte concreto...].” In Pinturas de Alfredo Hlito. Exh. cat., Buenos Aires: Galería Van Riel, 1952.
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In this essay, Alfredo Hlito reflects on the particular features of Concrete art. He discusses the viewer’s perception of the meaning of Concrete works of art, which involve neither a process of recognizing objects nor any form of association, but rather rely on a mode of perception that can grasp the “meaning” without ignoring the sensory level.
Alfredo Hlito was an Argentine artist, born in 1923, who authored a number of theoretical essays. He was a member of the Asociación Arte Concreto - Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association] and the Grupo de Artistas Modernos [Modern Artists Group] of Argentina. In later years, his work included forms and textures that were a departure from Concrete art. He lived in Mexico City from 1963 to 1973, and died in Buenos Aires in 1993.This essay was written to introduce an exhibition that was presented in August and September 1952 in the Sala V at the Galería Van Riel in Buenos Aires. This material documents Hlito’s words about his own work in a solo exhibition at a time when he was a member of the Grupo de Artistas Modernos de la Argentina.