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The article reports that “Italian art critic and poet Enrico R. Comi, director of the magazine/book Spazio Humano [Human Space] during the XII Jornadas Internacionales de la Crítica [12th International Symposium of Criticism] in Buenos Aires “took special notice of the retrospective exhibition at the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, held in Recoleta” because it was “the best show . . . he [saw] in a public space.”  The author identifies the exhibition as El Rojas presenta: Algunos Artistas [El Rojas Presents: Some Artists] (Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Recoleta, August 26–September 6, 1992); the curators for the exhibition, Gumier Maier and Magadalena Jitrik, point out that the participating artists “are far from forming a single trend, but they have in common the fact that their works are based on decisions that have been taken to an extreme.”

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The Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas occupies a central role in the understanding of Argentine art during the 1990s. Founded in 1984, it is a cultural extension of the Universidad de Buenos Aires that offers various activities including courses, talks and film presentations, etc. In 1989, a few years after it was founded, the Galería del Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas opened and directed by the artist and art critic Jorge Gumier Maier. Shortly after, Magadalena Jitrik joined as his associate. Although it was a marginal space at the time, the center began to take on importance within the Buenos Aires art scene between 1991 and 1992. The “El Rojas” artists, (Fabián Burgos, Graciela Hasper, Feliciano Centurión, Martín Di Girolamo, Alberto Goldestein, Sebastián Gordín, Miguel Harte, Agustín Inchausti, Luis Lindner, Nuna Magiante, Emiliano Miliyo, Esteban Pagés, Ariadna Pastorini, Marcelo Pombo, Cristina Schiavi, Enrique Marmora, Sergio Vila, Benito Laren, Omar Schiliro and Alfredo Londaibere, among others) began to be incorporated into the presentations of key exhibition spaces, such as the ICI (Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana) del Centro Cultural de España, and the Galería Ruth Benzacar. References to art trends of the past—such as pop art, minimalism, concrete art (in the most personal of reformulations), as well as elements of Kitsch—have served to characterize the expressive styles of these artists. Toward the end of the decade the artists that composed the “Rojas Group” generally came to be recognized as the representatives of “Argentina art in the 1990s.”

As the name indicates, El Rojas presenta: Algunos Artistas (Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Recoleta, August 26–September 6, 1992), was the “institutional” presentation of the Galería del Rojas. Página/12 reviewed the exhibitions at the Galeria del Rojas in its visual arts section, which appeared on Tuesdays. This article is particularly significant because it cites a foreign art critic, Enrico R. Comi, whose citation implies the “approval” that a representative of international art criticism bestowed on the El Rojas presenta: Algunos Artistas exhibition. The artists who participated in the El Rojas presenta: Algunos Artistas exhibition were: Feliciano Centurión, Martín Di Girolamo, Sebastián Gordín, Jorge Gumier Maier, Miguel Harte, Magdalena Jitrik, Benito Laren, Alfredo Londaibere, Nuna Magiante, Enrique Mármora, Emiliano Miliyo, Esteban Páges, Ariadna Pastorini, Marcelo Pombo, Elisabet Sánchez, Omar Schiliro and Sergio Vila.

Researcher
Natalia Pineau.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Fabián Lebenglik, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Argentina.