An exhibition dedicated to the work of Yente (Eugenia Crenovich, Buenos Aires 1905 – 1990) and Juan Del Prete (Vasto, Italy, 1897 – Buenos Aires, 1987), which focuses on the creative synergy of the couple and the loving bond as a way of approaching the artistic practice.
For fifty years, Yente and Juan Del Prete were not only life companions, but also interlocutors, exchanging ideas and experiences in making art on a daily basis. An array of themes, styles, materials, and formats circulated easily through their works. Though their approaches were different, the dialogue between them was intimate and unabating. This exhibition—the first to bring together over one hundred and fifty works produced by the artists from 1930 to 1990—focuses on their affective and creative bond.
In the words of curator Marita García: "The transition between figuration and abstraction was a constant in the couple, encompassing various styles (among others, cubism, surrealism, abstraction, expressionism) and experimentation, both with the materials of art (various supports, inks, oils worked with a brush and spatula; pronounced fillings and drippings) as well as with a wide range of elements typical of DIY and discarded materials. Yente and Del Prete, in their irrepressible passion for doing, appropriated the canon of modern art through various references, currents and representations".
Blessed Life celebrates the meeting and concurrence of Yente and Del Prete, and how they navigated both daily life and art making together. The exhibition eschews an individualistic idea of creativity, understood as a solitary and heroic struggle for expression, to emphasize instead how important everyday affective ties are to art’s processes and scenes.
Curator: María Amalia García.
Images: Yente. Composición curvilínea, 1938 / Juan Del Prete. El abrazo,1937-1944.