San Francisco

Cordoba Bienal

Kaiser Center, Oakland

30 paintings by 20 artists from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, selected by Paul Mills, curator of the Oakland Art Museum, Lawrence Alloway, curator of the Guggenheim Museum, and Robert Wool, president of the Inter-American Foundation for the Arts, from the Second Bienal Americana de Arte held at the University of Cordoba, Argentina, last fall.

The South American artists are apparently an eclectic group. In some cases they have achieved a syncretistic style in which their obvious borrowings have been made to serve a new and personal purpose. And in other cases one searches in vain for something essentially South American in spirit. Only a few paintings from the West Coast reveal the mixed lineage of an Indio-Hispanic esthetic. All are cosmopolitan in expression and some are so international in idiom as to deny their place of origin. They could as well have been

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