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Fabio Kacero, Untitled, n.d., TKS plastic, 48 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 2 3/4". From “Recovering Beauty.”

“Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires”

Blanton Museum of Art

Fabio Kacero, Untitled, n.d., TKS plastic, 48 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 2 3/4". From “Recovering Beauty.”

Frankly, there is little beauty to be found in “Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires,” a survey of seventy works by thirteen representatives of one of the first post-dictatorship artistic formations in Argentina. Loosely known as the “Grupo Rojas” for their close association with Galería Rojas at the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas in Buenos Aires, these artists were represented in Austin by a selection of sickly sweet colors, glistening surfaces, grotesque dioramas, and garish found objects. With this in mind, the exhibition’s lamentable title can only be read as a provocation. What could “beauty” look like, after all, in a country recovering from the “dirty war” and two decades of military dictatorship? Whatever curator Ursula Davila-Villa’s intent, the exhibition effectively limns a moment of Argentina’s art and cultural history largely ignored in comparison to the

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