Yente
Was one of the pioneers of abstract art in Argentina. In 1932 Yente graduated in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires. In 1935 she exhibited, for the first time, figurative drawings, in graphite and inks, at Amigos del Arte (the “Friends of Art”). This same year, having formed a relationship with Del Prete, she entered a new phase in her artistic labors. In 1945 she created a show in which she exhibited the results of her entry into the tendency coinciding with the flourishing of groups making and circulating concrete art in the Río de La Plata region. For over fifty years she sustained this sort of expression, alternating it with figurative work. Her rich output, varied and heterodox, changed with the times and under the pressure of experiments the artist proposed for herself. Her oeuvre ranges from the caricatures and representations of her first period, the paintings and geometric objects of the 1930s and 1940s, also the era of her constructivism, inspired by pre-Columbian art, up to her free abstractions from the ’50s, and the expressionistic figuration that prevailed in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. All of this continually migrating between techniques and mediums, from drawing, watercolor and oil painting, to objects, collage, assemblage, textiles, illustrations, and the numerous artist’s books – which she called “illustrated books”– inserted into a body of work that often interlaced abstraction and figuration. In recent decades her work was included in exhibitions such as: La tradición constructiva at MAMBA, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, 1998; Arte Astratta Argentina, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC) in Bergamo, Italy, 2002 and in the presentation of the 2003 show at the Fundación Proa.