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  • ICAA Record ID
    786430
    TITLE
    Un artículo sensacional de Richards sobre la arquitectura actual / Damián Carlos Bayón
    IN
    Ver y Estimar: Cuadernos de crítica artística (Buenos Aires, Argentina). -- Vol. 5, no. 18 (Jul., 1950)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 18-30
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Bayón, Damián Carlos. "Un artículo sensacional de Richards sobre la arquitectura actual." Ver y Estimar: Cuadernos de crítica artística (Buenos Aires), vol. 5, no. 18 (July 1950): 18–30.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Richards, James Maude
Synopsis

 Damián Bayón reviews an article by J. M. Richards that appeared in the magazine Architectural Review in March 1950 that questioned some aspects of modern architecture. Bayón analyzes its development within the discipline and believes it is the right moment to “clear the air,” considering that half a century has passed since it began. He concludes his review by pointing out some elements common to “the creators of modern architecture,” such as Mumford, [Antoine] Pevsner, [Sigfried] Giedion, [Bruno] Zevi and Richards himself: “[an] intelligent faith that does not seek miracles but rather is trained in its historical criteria, it serenely awaits upon events and makes clear to us . . . what is permanent and what is transitory in the works that appear before our eyes everyday, in the attempts of all, even the most modest ones, we are part of an impulse that has not ceased since the beginning of time.”

Annotations

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 [Look and Consider], for which Brest served as editor. The following year, Bayón moved to Paris, continuing to collaborate on the magazine until 1955 (the final year of its publication). He then began working with theoretician Pierre Francastel. Next, in the decades that follow, he became professor in the University of Texas at Austin. 

Ver y estimar had two publication eras: the first encompassed its first 34 issues, published between 1948 and 1953; the second stage, between 1954 and 1955, consisted of 10 issues. This publication was meant to be educational with regard to art criticism, both for its readers and for the students of Romero Brest that collaborated on the magazine. Its articles dealt with artists, exhibitions and problems within both the local and international contexts, as well as with different historical periods.  

This article permits us to observe the diversity of topics that Ver y estimar dealt with; in this case the dissemination of a recent bibliography on modern architecture. It also permits to understand the “emergence” of artistic manifestations according to Bayón, who praised the analytical perspectives of the architectural historians and critics he mentioned here.

Researcher
Natalia Pineau
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Centro Damián Carlos Bayón del Instituto de América de Santa Fé, Granada, España
Location
Fundación Espigas.