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As its title suggests, this article is an introduction to Ver y estimar. Cuadernos de crítica artística. The text explains that these notebooks were created “so that a group of scholars might fill their pages . . . with the results of the application of an assimilated method rather than the undeveloped product of received learning.” It also stresses that criticism “should draw inspiration from its own basic theories” beyond the “sensible reactions and the play of the imagination,” so that “judgment should not be overwhelmed by a chaotic torrent of images.” On the other hand, it explains that the determinisms, the unleashing factors, will be taken into account just as much as the “creative freedom of man,” insisting, in this sense, on the impossibility of “reducing the creative act to a mechanical game of exogenous factors or the inventive omnipotence of the artist.” Finally, the Buenos Aires publication states that, “the theory, the history, and the aesthetic of art are forms of criticism, whose role is to assess values.”
Ver y estimar enjoyed two different publication periods: the first one lasted from 1948 to 1953 and produced 34 issues. The second period, from 1954 through 1955, generated 10 issues. Under the direction of Jorge Romero Brest, the magazine was conceived as a vehicle for instruction in art criticism for its readers as well as for those of Romero Brest’s students who worked with him on the publication, one of whom was Damián Carlos Bayón (1915-95). This article is relevant because it defines the conceptual criteria that underpinned the critical reviews published in this Argentine magazine.