OSVALDO ROMBERG EXHIBITS A HISTORICAL REVISION OF COLOR
At Henrique Faria Gallery of Buenos Aires, the artist and curator Osvaldo Romberg (Buenos Aires, 1938) presents Estudios de color: Del análisis a la metáfora (Color Studies: From analysis to metaphor). Product of a formal search during a specific period of the Argentine artist, the exhibition exhibited at the gallery located in Retiro neighborhood joins together more than fifteen exceptional artworks of Romberg's career.
Estudios de color: Del análisis a la metáfora arises from a research and review on color theories from the conceptual developments that took place in Argentina and Latin America between the early seventies and eighties. "I observed that if Liechtenstein had been able to isolate a comic scene to enlarge it and get an abstract image, I could do the same with color studies that were much older than comics after all. I was the first artist who took them to that dimension, " Romberg said in relation to his work.
Member of Experiencias 69 at Di Tella Institute during November of 1969, Romberg’s figure is a key to understand Argentinean and Latin American art within the civic-military dictatorships context developed throughout the continent. This is so, that the government of Onganía censured him and make him leave the country later. "I had to leave Tucuman," says Romberg, referring to his experience as a professor at the Art School of the University of Tucumán, “because all my students were disappearing. And my number was in all his notebooks. I felt at risk and decided to leave Argentina. "
Finally, and more closely linked to the exhibition, Gonzalo Aguilar explains in the curatorial text: "Although Romberg began as an architect, he always acted from the edges: the architectural gesture did not leave him, but from the artistic practice Romberg transgressed one of the myths that dominates Western thought, rationalism, which was applied untouched to architecture. Thus, the artist undermines this dimension from body performance and heuristics (invention) because: What is the landscape without the body that experiences it? What is a painting but the colors that compose it and that oscillate between local, historical and affective choices? And the sensory, to which sphere does it belong? What is beyond the rational and what would be insufficient and poor to call irrational? The colors, the landscapes, the bodies have their rational part (they have measures that admit typological approaches) but they also have emotional, sensorial, mythical qualities ".
Estudios de color: Del análisis a la metáfora inaugurated on November 21st and will be on display until January 4th, at Henrique Faria gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.