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Osvaldo Romberg, 1-437 All the Colors of the Chromatic Circle Interacted by Blue Ultramarine, 1980, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 78 x 70".

Osvaldo Romberg

Henrique Faria Fine Art

Osvaldo Romberg, 1-437 All the Colors of the Chromatic Circle Interacted by Blue Ultramarine, 1980, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 78 x 70".

Osvaldo Romberg dedicated this exhibition to Josef Albers and Raúl Lozza, the latter of whom was a fellow Argentinean and the founder, in 1947, of Perceptismo, a derivative of Concretismo. The aim of Perceptismo, in Lozza’s words, was to emphasize “the reality of the color-plane.” Following in Lozza’s footsteps, Romberg created a group of works in 1980 that resemble color charts—there were six such pieces in this show. Each is composed of small squares painted varying gradations of hues from Goethe’s color wheel and juxtaposed with those painted some other color—ultramarine in three works and orange cadmium in the others. Romberg’s presentation of the results is charmingly quirky, featuring rows of hand-drawn squares that are interrupted, at certain places, by the white space of the canvas. The works could be viewed as musical scores, with the “interacting” color serving

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