Bayley, Edgar. "La batalla por la invención: manifiesto." Invención (Buenos Aires), no.2 (1945).
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This is the Manifesto in which Edgar Bayley discussed both the crisis in representative art and the emergence of an art of “invention” that would accompany the arrival of both innovative forms of organization and the progress of productive forces.
Invención [Invention] was produced by Edgar Bayley in 1945. It was published in a notebook format, and contained a theoretical essay and some poems. This publication is known as Invención 2, although there is nothing but the word "Invención" printed on the cover. It was preceded by Invención 1, which was produced by Gyula Kosice (1924-2016). A third version, which was to be called Sobre arte concreto [On Concrete Art] and would have included articles by Tomás Maldonado, was never published. Edgar Bayley is the name that was used by Edgar Maldonado Bayley, the Argentine poet who was born in 1919 and died in 1990. He was one of the group that launched Arturo magazine, and a founding member of the Arte Concreto — Invención Association. He published numerous collections of poems, stories, and essays, and was also a member of the Poesía Buenos Aires group. This particular article has been chosen because it provides an early glimpse of this poet’s ideas, as well as of his willingness to circulate the programs of the Concrete art vanguardists.