b. Rivera, Uruguay, 16 March 1913 ; d. Savigny-sur-Orge, France, 27 September 2010
A major figure in geometric abstraction, Carmelo Arden-Quin was a pioneering artist in Latin America, particularly in the thriving art and intellectual scene in 1930s Buenos Aires. In 1946, he and Gyula Kosice founded the MADÍ group and the Arte Concreto-Invención movement in Argentina. Through MADÍ, Arden-Quin defended an aesthetic based on the dynamic of pure invention, the notion of chance, and combination. His only imperative was to escape from the limits of the frame and to break free of the traditional constraints of painted canvas. He was, to this end, one of the first artists to use shaped canvas techniques in the 1940s. In 1948, he settled permanently in Paris.
The inclusion of several of Arden-Quin's pieces at the 1997 MAD. retrospective at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid and the 1993 Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century exhibition at the MoMA in New York helped to establish his international reputation.
Ouvrage publié ŕ l'occasion de l'exposition collective Movimientos ŕ la Galerie Mitterrand, Paris.
Graphisme : Alban Gervais