Curator: Adriana Lauria
Exhibition room design: Gustavo Vásquez Ocampo
Yente began her art
practice in the abstraction field in 1937. By 1945 she showed these works and
installed them in the debate about an art that was opposed to figurative
representation. This debate was witnessed by the young artists of the Rio de La
Plata region that approached the couple and partnership she formed with artist
Juan Del Prete. These influential artists recognized their role as precursors
and distinguished Yente as the first female artist to assume the abstraction
trend in Argentina.
However, Yente freely altered and combined her practice between abstraction and figuration daring the local academia. She undertook the most diverse modalities of abstract art: the bioforms of the 30´s, the progressive geometric discipline and the constructivism of pre-Columbian inspiration of the 40´s and, in the 50´s, the softening of the planes altered by diverse textures, all this completed by the ease of an expressionism of surprising tonalities.
Her sensitivity, culture and inventiveness, marked a prolonged production, of rich stages assumed with various techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and “assemblage”, as well as her original, and still unpublished, illustrated artist´s books. A reluctant temperament to superficial aesthetic gestures or to impose strategies in pursuit of a career that contradicted her ideals, along with a stylistic nomadism and the taste for constant experimentation, collaborated so that, for long periods, her work was not appreciated. This exhibition seeks to be another step towards this unavoidable recognition.