Buenos Aires: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, 1998-2000. b/w and color plates, portraits, color folding pictorial wrappers. ISSN: 0329-9481. Item #52738
Complete set of four issues of the journal published in association with the Universidad de Palermo and the Centro de Arte y Comunicación and edited by Jorge Glusberg, to promote works by Argentina's artists in the international art scene. These four issues of the magazine ba bellas artes have are known ffor the quality of the material, for its didactic-informative orientation aimed at students and art experts in general. The issues deserve to be consulted permanently. Openness to world art and at the same time projection of the work carried out in Argentina
The first number guides the magazine towards a broad audience of university students, collectors and lovers of art in general. With an impeccable and modern composition, and high quality illustrations on glazed paper. This magazine takes up the old project (according to its director) of Jorge Romero Brest (former director of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires). B a bellas artes was created by the University of Palermo, the Center for Art and Communication (CAYC), under the auspices of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, and under the direction of Jorge Glusberg. In the first issue we find a magnificent dossier on Xul Solar (Argentina 1887-1963), with articles by Jorge Glusberg who makes a detailed review of his artistic and philosophical career. An article by Jorge López Anaya that also covers the aesthetic biography of Xul and all its elaborate symbology; finally an article by Jorge Luis Borges that tells anecdotes about the personality and the unusual qualities of his friend Xul Solar, taken from the conference he made at the opening ceremony of the exhibition Xul Solar of the Museum of Fine Arts of La Plata in 1968 . A list of articles without hierarchies, appear in this issue a tribute to Carlos Alonso, in whom his skills as a draftsman, his personality and social sensitivity have hidden a valuable pictorial technique; an interview with Juan Carlos Distéfano, where the sculptor talks about his aesthetics, about the social context and locates the origin of some of his works; a section "The Museum", review of recent activities of the National Museum of Fine Arts, dedicated to "continue with the dissemination of the work of the institution and the artists who are called by it." In this issue: Jesús Rafael Soto, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Lucio Fontana, Oscar Bony, Nicolás García Uriburu, Graciela Hasper, Tulio de Sagastizábal, Magdalena Jitrik; the itinerant exhibition "Contemporary Argentine Art", and the brand-new Photographic Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, an initiative that aims to create a dynamic and elevate this discipline to the level it deserves within the arts. In the section "Argentines in the world" we have an interview with Antonio Seguí who lived in Paris since 1963 and reflects on May 68, the Cordobazo and its consequences on artists and their way of working; a presentation by the young artist Carolina Antoniadis, a section on design, new exhibitions at prestigious European and international museums, novelties in art books, news about the University of Palermo, and a short interview with Eduardo Costantini (donor and creator of the MALBA - Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires).
In the second issue, the magazine b a bellas artes devotes the dossier to the theme "Art and Technology: from video art to computers". Extensive historical study on the origins and evolution of video art and infoarte, dominated by the latter in its origins by scientists due to the cost of materials and the difficulty of manipulation, to arrive at a current synthesis in which the decrease in prices and the popularization of their techniques make them accessible to much wider sectors. Julio Sánchez interviews Luis Felipe Noé who explains his notion of chaos and his aesthetic worldview; an article about the Argentine painter Clorindo Testa; Italian art from the 1920-1940s; about the Spanish painter Juan Genovés, and Sara Facio presents an Argentine photographer, Adriana Lestido, who in her graphic reports uses direct testimony and without artifice. In the section "Argentines in the world", an article about Liliana Porter, itinerary of the painter and engraver established in New York for 35 years. Two works stand out on the French artists César and Jean Pierre Raynaud. As in the first issue, there are varied and documented reviews about painting exhibitions around the world, news from museums and international institutions about classical art, design and modern art.
In the third issue of fine arts he dedicates his dossier to the famous Swiss painter Paul Klee. Jorge Glusberg makes an artistic biography, and then Jorge López Anaya makes a relevant and revealing parallelism with Xul Solar. As in the previous issues, we continue with the interviews, here Julio Sánchez talks with the Argentine artist Víctor Grippo, the initiator of conceptual art, with its boxes and installations focused on the theme of transformation and alchemy. Then an article about the artist Nora Correas and another about Pablo Suárez: questioning and passionate, of strident images, especially his sculptures in resin, marginal, and considered as a reference by the young artist of the 1990s The 2nd Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre is presented; sample in which seven countries of the area participated. Argentina presented 16 creators of the last two generations that covered all means of expression, including cybercrime. Within this framework, a panorama of current Brazilian art is sketched, distributed throughout the country, showing signs of vigor and creativity with a marked preference for non-traditional techniques and installations. We continue with the effort in favor of photography, presenting the photographic exhibition carried by the National Museum of Fine Arts to Thailand, and the debate at the MOMA in New York on photography as art. In this issue, he does not forget to highlight the work of the University of Palermo, which offers particularly well thought-out arts studies and also his activity of promoting the arts with the Painting Prizes University of Palermo / MNBA.
In its fourth issue, the magazine devotes the central theme to art in Argentina in the 90s. With this difficult exercise Jorge Glusberg provides an enlightening work on the different currents of artists born after 1955 and their works in the decade just ended. These currents are fundamentally critical figuration, the "culture of the surreal", neoconceptualism and neoabstraction. It is not intended to make an exhaustive catalog but to exemplify aspects in current Argentine art. This important analysis is completed by five articles dedicated to this decade of the 90 in Argentina: The reign del kitsch and parody by Laura Batkis; The refuges of the artifice, dedicated to the space of intimacy and simulation, by Ana María Battistozzi; Between design and beauty by Fernando Farina; The time of flexibility, dedicated to the "soft" sculpture, by Eva Grinstein, and a tribute to Guillermo Kuitca, considered as the artist of the 90s who has obtained greater international prestige. We also found an interview with the "installationist" artist Alfredo Portillos; an article on the particular sculpture of Nicola Costantino and his corpses of animals; a tribute to the forerunner of kinetic art in Argentina: Julio Le Parc; one on the career of Gustavo López Armentía, self-taught expressionist of 50 years who begins to be recognized internationally; and another about the small facilities and boxes of Silvia Aquiles. In the museums section: a review on the extraordinary Cairo Archaeological Museum, another on the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and reviews on the architectural design of the Arles Archaeological Museum (France), of the recent MALBA - Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires Aires, and the great exhibition: "The West and its Other", at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne (Germany), where cross-cultural ties are shown from 1891, the date of Gauguin's first trip to Tahiti. Also on display is the Chateaubriand Collection of Brazilian art of the 20th century, the sculptures by Juan Carlos Distéfano, a sample of Argentine photography presented by Sara Facio, and articles on design and furniture, to end with the Leonardo Awards of the MNBA, and a page on the study plans of the University of Palermo (Buenos Aires). Scarce only 3 full sets appear in OCLC.