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This is of the checklist of the groups included in the Exposición de arte no figurativo [Exhibition of Non-Figurative Art] (1960): they were Asociación de Arte no figurativo [Association of Non-Figurative Art], Arte Nuevo [New Art], Grupo Buenos Aires [Buenos Aires Group], Grupo Informalista [Informalist Group], Grupo Sur [South Group], Grupo Hombre Nuevo [New Man Group]; in addition to independents and sculptors.
This group exhibition of non-figurative art was held at the workshop of artist Raúl Lozza (1911-2008) and was sponsored by Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, directed by Rafael Squirru. Lozza was a member of the Asociación Arte Concreto — Invención [Concrete Art and Invention Association], which he quit in 1947 in order to deepen his perceptivist theory.
The document is quite interesting to be informed about the several groups that performed under the denomination of “nonfigurative” and whose members were, both painters and sculptors. In addition to Lozza, the organizers were Paulina Berlatzky (1918-78), the art critic and theoretician of Perceptivism, Abraham Haber, and writer Bernardo Gravier. Considering its organizers, it is possible that this show focused the cultural policies of Argentinean Communism that took into account a dynamic sector of the visual arts, if the diversity of the groups involved in the show is confirmed. On the other hand, it stresses the hegemony of non-figurative art in the late-1950s, an aspect that will be reverted with the Otra Figuración [Other Figuration] group, in 1961.