Spotlight

Luis Fernando Benedit

Walden, Buenos Aires (S17)

Luis Fernando Benedit, Yerra (cattle branding), 1991. Courtesy: the artist and Walden, Buenos Aires

Luis Fernando Benedit, Yerra (cattle branding), 1991. Courtesy: the artist and Walden, Buenos Aires

Walden presents a series by Luis Fernando Benedit produced during his time with the groundbreaking experimental and concptual Argentine group, CaYC in the late 1960s.

Technical, yet playful and compelling, the work reflects the group’s concern with the relationship between art and science. Benedit returned to figural work in the 1980s with watercolors and paintings that explored “Criollo” themes, which reflect on identity, regional problems, and the restoration of Argentina’s cultural memory. During his last years, Benedit notably incorporated cow and horse bones into his paintings and installations. In doing so, he aimed to criticize the history of national art by questioning its origins and methods of production.

Luis Fernando Benedit (b. 1937, Buenos Aires; d. 2011, Buenos Aires) represented Argentina in the 35th Venice Biennial in 1970, and in 1972 he was the first Latin American artist to exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).