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In his unfavorable review of an exhibition at the Galería Van Riel, Argentine art critic Eduardo Baliari argues that abstract art has yet to find a language of its own capable of providing “absolute freedom.” Baliari deems Informalism a form of expression lacking in skill, a passing fancy, and a frustrated attempt to frighten.

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Eduardo Baliari was an art critic for the newspapers, Noticias Gráficas and Clarín, and for the magazine, Crisis, during its early days. In the eighties, he had a weekly column in El Economista. His most important essay is on painter Raúl Soldi (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Culturales Argentinas, 1966).

This document is important as it outlines the debate surrounding Informalism, which had a major impact on the Argentine art milieu starting in the late fifties. Due to his belief that Abstract art had yet to achieve absolute freedom, Eduardo Baliari voices a negative opinion of Informalism in this essay. Thus, in Argentina, unlike the United States, Informalism was not bound to the notion of freedom.

This document is a review of the first exhibition of the Informalist Movement in which the following artists participated: Kenneth Kemble (1923–98), Alberto Greco (1931–65), Enrique Barilari (1937–2002), Olga López (b. 1938), Mario Pucciarelli (b. 1928), Fernando Maza (b. 1936), Towas [Tomás Monteleone], and Luis Alberto Wells (b. 1939).

 

Researcher
Roberto Amigo.
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Archivo Kenneth Kemble, Argentina.