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Carmelo Arden Quin [b. 1913, Rivera, Uruguay; d. 2010, Savigny-sur-Orge, France] played a pivotal role in the history of modern art in South America during the decade of the 1940s. As the figurehead of the Buenos Aires–based Madi group, Arden Quin promoted a “cool” and “rational” aesthetic drawn from Constructivist legacies, but nevertheless proceeding from the transformable toys of Joaquín Torres-García and the dynamism of the Futurists....READ MORE
What resulted was a complete reconceptualization of the traditional format for painting: Arden Quin and his colleagues experimented with shaped canvases; groups of movable paintings known as “coplanals”; and the “Forme Galbée,” which featured deep concave-convex undulations in the picture plane itself. All of these experiments stemmed from the desire to infuse painting with a sense of possibility, movement, and playfulness. In 1948, Arden Quin moved to Paris where he remained committed to refining the Madi aesthetic over the course of his long career, incorporating new forms and materials into his work.