Bayón, Damián Carlos. "Arte latinoamericano en París: (Crítica a los críticos de una exposición)." Cuadernos del Congreso por la Libertad de la Cultura (Paris), no.67 (December 1962): 68-72.
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Damián Bayón analyzes some of the reports by critics, both French and North American, on the Latin American exhibition that was held in Paris from August to September 1962 at the Musée de la Ville. In these reports he finds lines of reasoning that are almost always based on common places and on preconceptions regarding the nature of the continent. Bayón’s own critiques are meant to make the inconsistencies of these worn-out accounts.
Damián Carlos Bayón (1915–95) was an art critic, teacher and author of numerous books. He held a Ph.D in history and was a disciple of Jorge Romero Brest (1905-89); in 1948 he became one of the founders of the magazine Ver y estimar, for which Brest served as editor. The following year, Bayón moved to Paris and continued to collaborate on the magazine until 1955 (the final year of its publication). He then began working with theoretician Pierre Francastel. In the next two decades, he became professor in the University of Texas at Austin.Cahiers du Congrès pour la Liberté de la Culture / Cuadernos del Congreso por la Libertad de la Cultura [Notebooks of the Congress for Cultural Freedom] was a magazine published in France and led at first by François Bondy and later by the Colombian writer Germán Arciniegas. Its one hundred issues were published between March 1953 and September 1965. Bayón made various contributions to the magazine beginning with issue thirty-five, March–April 1959.Through Bayón’s critique of the reviews of the Latin American exhibition, held during August and September 1962 at the Musée de la Ville in Paris, this article offers insights into his understanding of the art of the continent during the early years of the 1960s.