Rodriguez, Ernesto B. "[Cada vez más las artes denominadas visuales quieren sugerir lo invisible]." In Líbero Badii. Exh. cat. Buenos Aires: Galería Bonino, 1957.
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Ernesto B. Rodríguez analyzes Líbero Badii’s portrait sculptures. He claims that the visual arts strive to suggest the invisible by searching for its hidden laws, inventing new forms, and attempting to reveal a variety of sensitive spaces. According to Rodríguez, contemporary sculpture, as represented by Badii’s works, manages to transmit its particular message with an extreme economy of material.
Líbero Badii (Arezzo, Italy, 1916–Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001) was a sculptor whose main output consisted of works of symbolic significance. During the 1950s, following a trip through Latin America, his work was influenced by Pre-Columbian art. He created the concept of “the sinister” as both a form of knowledge and a way of feeling. He named his studio-workshop Almataller [SoulShop].
This document is relevant because it presents Badii’s sculpture-portraits at Galería Bonino, with a number of reviews on contemporary sculpture. Ernesto B. Rodríguez was one of the chief authorities on Argentinean sculpture.
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