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Luis Felipe Noé

(1933 - )


Incendio en el Jockey Club (Fire in the Jockey Club)




Luis Felipe Noé was born on May 26, 1933 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 1950-1952 he studied painting in he workshop of Horacio Butler and law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires from 1951-1955. After abandoning his legal studies, he worked as a journalist for several newspapers in Buenos Aires. Noé received a fellowship from the French government and traveled to Paris in 1961. Between 1961 and 1965 he worked and exhibited with Ernesto Deira, Jorge de la Vega, and Romulo Maccio. Collectively known as the Nueva or Otra Figuracion group, these artists created expressionistic paintings that evoke the work of Jean Dubuffet, William de Kooning, and the COBRA artists. Depicting aggregates of heads, bodies, and objects in a deliberately crude manner, Noé's paintings of this period utilize expressionistic figuration to explore what he described as the essentially chaotic nature of contemporary society; many of these works address specific social and political issues. In the mid 1960's he began to create assemblages and installations incorporating unframed canvases, cut-out figures, damaged panels, and empty stretchers and frames; he continued to explore the concept of chaos in these works. In 1965 he explained his aesthetic philosophy in the book Antiestetica. In that same year, the artist moved to New York and ceased painting in 1966 to focus on writing and teaching. He resumed painting in 1975 with the series La Naturaleza y los Mitos and Conquista y Destruccion de la Naturaleza, which dealt with the Spanish conquest of Latin America. Though his paintings of this decade are as expressionistic as those of the 1960's, forms are typically realized in brighter colors arranged in a linear manner. In 1976 he moved to Paris, but returned to Buenos Aires in 1987. He received the Premio Nacional Instituto Torcuato di Tella in 1963, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1965. Some of his major group exhibitions include New Art of Argentina, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1964; The Emergent Decade: Latin American Painters and Paintings in the 1960's, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1965; and Art of the Fantastic: Latin America, 1920-1987, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1987. Noé's solo exhibitions include a retrospective at the Museo de Artes Plasticas Eduardo Sivori, Buenos Aires, 1987; the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1995; the Museo de Arte Moderno; Centro Cultural Recoleta; and the Centro Cultural Borges de Buenos Aires; and numerous gallery shows in Argentina and around the world. He currently lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Further Reading

Noé, Luis Felipe, El Otro, la Otra y la Otredad, Buenos Aires, IMPSAT, 1994.
Noé, Luis Felipe, A Oriente por Occidente, Bogota, Dos Graficos, 1992.
Noé, Luis Felipe, Antiestetica, Buenos Aires, Van Riel, 1965 & De la Flor, 1988.
Noé, Luis Felipe, Recontrapoder, Buenos Aires, De la Flor, 1974.
Noé, Luis Felipe, Una Sociedad Colonial Avanzada, Buenos Aires, De la Flor, 1971.