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This is the catalogue for Liliana Porter, the early exhibition held at the Galería Plástica in Mexico City (July 10–30, 1963). It includes a brief biographical sketch of the artist, a list of her group and solo exhibitions, and a picture of one of her works. 

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Liliana Porter (b. 1941) was born in Buenos Aires, and began studying art at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano [National School of Fine Arts]. In 1958 she and her family moved to Mexico City, where she enrolled at the Universidad Iberoamericana and took classes from the German artist Mathias Goeritz (1915–1990), specializing in printmaking with Guillermo Silva Santamaría. Her work during this period was the basis of her earliest exhibitions. She returned to Buenos Aires in 1961 and remained there until 1964, continuing her art training with Fernando López Anaya and Ana María Moncalvo. In 1964 she moved to New York City where she joined forces with Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo to start the New York Graphic Workshop (NYGW, 1964–65), a space where classes were held and other artists’ works were printed. It was also a place where artists gathered to discuss printmaking and its role in contemporary society, which led to a variety of group projects. The workshop closed in about 1970. 

In 1975, Porter and Camnitzer, who were married at that time, opened the Studio Camnitzer-Porter in Valdottavo (Lucca). After they separated, the studio became the Studio Camnitzer. Liliana Porter currently lives and works in Rhinebeck, New York state. 

This catalogue is relevant because it documents one of Liliana Porter’s earliest exhibitions, in Mexico City in this case. It also provides information on the exhibitions she had presented up to that time. 

Researcher
Natalia Pineau
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of the Private Archives of Liliana Porter, Rhinebeck, New York
Location
Museo de Arte Moderno.