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In this text, which is the foreword to the catalogue for the exhibition 22 Contemporary Argentine Painters, Damián Bayón establishes the exclusive relationship with Europe of the visual art culture in Argentina, since there was “no relationship between the Indian and Spanish culture” that would influence it, and also because the European continent, [and] particularly the city of Paris, have always functioned as a required training ground for the artists of the country. To conclude, Bayón characterizes the overall formal features of the artwork of contemporary Argentine painters.
Damián Carlos Bayón (1915-1995), had a doctorate in history, was an art critic and author of numerous books, as well as a teacher, disciple of Jorge Romero Brest and one of the founders, in 1948, of the publication Ver y Estimar [To See and to Ponder], which Romero Brest directed. In 1949 he settled in Paris, and from there kept contributing with articles until 1995 (the last year of publication). At the same time he started to work together with Pierre Francastel. This text by Damián Bayón is significant since it shows the manner in which he "presents" and characterizes Argentine art within the context of an exhibition held abroad. The artists that participated in the exhibition 22 pintores argentinos contemporáneos [22 Contemporary Argentine Painters] were: Luis Ansa, Osvaldo Borda, Judy Bratt, Héctor García Miranda, Horacio García Rossi, Ronaldo De Juan, Elsa Henriquez, Beba Zemborain, Towas, [Can’t confirm this name] Luis Tomasello, Juan Langlois, Julio Le Parc, Ema Landver, Rosario Moreno, Tito Miravet, Nina Negri, Delia Nimo, Raúl Soldi, Stefan Strocen, J.H. Silva, Domingo Candia, and Rodolfo Krasno.