Pablo Siquier

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (MNBA)

The effects of Argentina’s military dictatorship were as devastating to fine arts as they were to the nation generally; thus, the fall of the military regime in 1983 triggered an explosion of optimism. Thanks to the military government, the experiences that informed the politicized Conceptualism of the late ’60s had been relegated to oblivion; as a result, neo-Expressionism found a cozy haven for its a critical expansiveness. The ’80s were defined by a devotion to what had once been called “bad painting,” a phenomenon that only deepened the amnesia already threatening to bury the memory of vanguardist Argentine art. One must bear this context in mind to appreciate the radical nature of Pablo Siquier’s work. From the mid ’80s onward, Siquier sought to distance his work from neo-Expressionism’s false optimism, as well as from the lack of rigor that characterized a number of parallel alternative

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