Buenos Aires

Liliana Maresca

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Myriad romantic interpretations have transformed Liliana Maresca into a myth: the housewife who abandons the comfort of home out of devotion to art, the beauty whom everyone fell for, the victim of an early and tragic death. This show, “Transmutaciones,” a coproduction with the Castagnino Museum of Rosario (where it was previously shown), was the first retrospective of Maresca’s work since the one that took place in 1994, the year she died of HIV at the age of forty-three. Thoughtfully curated by Adriana Lauria, it proved a well-deserved homage that untangled many of the inaccuracies surrounding Maresca’s art.

Contrary to legend, Maresca was not a neglected artist. Despite (or perhaps because of) the very limited circulation of her works, she exerted a decisive influence on the development of the local art scene. She was the figurehead of a group that, having been artistically suffocated

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