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This is the catalogue for Liliana Porter, the exhibition held at the Galería Proteo, in Mexico City (June 17–July 21, 1959.) It includes a list of the oil paintings and prints exhibited, details concerning the date and time of the opening of the show, and a picture of one of Porter’s works.
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 (1915–90), 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, which was presented during the time she lived in Mexico City, and because it lists the works she exhibited on that occasion. The catalogue also includes a picture of one of those works, thus providing insights into her earliest prints.