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Painting in a State of ExceptionNew Figuration in Argentina, 1960-1965$
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Patrick Frank

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062228

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062228.001.0001

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The Fate of Nueva Figuración

(p.143) Conclusion
Painting in a State of Exception

Patrick Frank

University Press of Florida

In conclusion, Frank traces the evolution of the Buenos Aires art scene away from New Figuration and in a more radical direction against a backdrop of frequent military coups and repression. He also follows the careers of Noé, de la Vega, Macció, and Deira after the group's demise. Macció had a show in New York that was reviewed favorably by critic Hilton Kramer. Noé ceased painting for nine years. De la Vega took up a parallel career as a singer-songwriter whose style has many traits in common with the movement known as Nueva Canción (New Song). One of his songs, “El Gusanito” (The Little Worm) was widely popular in the art world. Frank accounts for the Nueva Figuración artists’ apparent lack of fame today and advances reasons for their reappraisal. Among these is that a state of exception, as outlined by Giorgio Agamben, has become the norm in many societies today. The creative response of the Nueva Figuración artists to the uncertainties and chaos of their times encourages our consideration of their art in relation to the uncertainties and chaos of our own.

Keywords:   El Gusanito, Nueva canción, Hilton Kramer, Giorgio Agamben, Luis Felipe Noé, Jorge de la Vega, Rómulo Macció, Ernesto Deira, state of exception

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