Montevideo: Taller Torres-Garcia, Mayo 1950. b/w plates and illus., ports., duo tone wrps. (marginal wear, some foxing and chipping, not affecting texts or plates). Item #102646
A tabloid size magazine put out by students of the Taller (Workshop), which Torres-Garcia established with the concept of a medieval guild. The announced intention of the magazine was to remove all former systems and vestiges, as with paint remover. Even after his death, it continued to be published under this title until 1951, and then appears as "Escuela del Sur" until 1961. "Removedor" was the official publication of the Taller Torres-García. Its fist number was published in January of 1945. Its frequency was originally monthly, then some times six or four times a year until its number 27 (Dec. 1950) when it became irregular. After two and a half years of silence, the last number, number 28 (July-August 1953) was published. The magazine comprises, in a large part of its numbers, of four pages, tabloid format (although the format varied for numbers 22, 27 and 28). Editor was Guido Castillo started in this publication his career as art critic and polemic author. A warning included since the first number states that the magazine is published exclusively by members of the Taller Torres Garcia. In number 3, and more emphatically in number 5, the editor clarifies that Torres Garcia does not intervene in the edition of the magazine. This repeated warning has to do with the combative tone or more precisely fighting character that Castillo and Sarandy Cabrera (who are, except for the last numbers, along with Torres Garcia, practically his only collaborators) impose into the magazine. The illustrations, except for the last numbers and in number 16 (Jan.-Feb. 1947) that graphically documents the 35° exhibition of the Taller Torres-García, is reduced to the first page that is also the cover in which generally appears a lineal drawing of a disciple of the workshop or of Torres Garcia himself (except on number 21 dedicated to V. Huidiboro with a portrait by Hans Arp). Number 16 includes an inedited article by Van Doesburg on Torres Garcia. Special editions September 1948 and December of 1950 were published in a different format and style: smaller size, wrappers and glossy paper. Complete collection is VERY scarce.