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Newsletter N° 9. October 2021.


In the Southern Hemisphere we enjoy Spring on a gradual course towards the post-pandemic, with precautions that, beyond the measures of each government, guide our conduct by appealing to the maximum responsibility. In the near future we are presented with a scenario where presence returns, but with new habits, including the chinstrap and constant hand hygiene, and a myriad of consequences that are manifested among other aspects of health, in a skyrocketing number of cases depression and anxiety disorders. In addition to the increase in poverty rates that economic unemployment has left us and that forces us to get involved.

Along with all this, it has been said with emphasis in recent months, the advancement of virtuality is here to stay. The possibility of accessing other scenarios via the internet is a resource that has earned our trust; It allows us to know and even get excited in front of a mobile or computer screen. In this wave that advances from Hilario, we bring you the virtual October Bulletin with exclusive texts signed by Abel Alexander, Roberto Amigo, Irina Podgorny, Ticio Escobar and Ignacio Liprandi.

At the time of distribution of this issue, we will be participating in the most important photography fair in Latin America, BAphoto, now in its 17th edition -open to the public until Sunday, October 17-, this time in a hybrid version, in person and virtual. With our gallery we give content to the Wunderkammer section, the space dedicated to the historical evolution of photography from its oldest technical processes, the daguerreotype, to silver gelatin, and we do so with works by great masters of the region, from Mexico to the South.

And in November we return to our Online Auctions, and we will do so with a careful selection, always excited with the expectation of enriching their collections.

Roberto Vega

The voice of the experts

An exceptional collection, Rauch at the beginning of the 20th century.

By Abel Alexander

The photographic historian tells us in first person his reaction to the discovery of a set of 22 photographs, silver gelatins in the 18 x 24 cm format, all vintage works, loose, sepia turned, with a visual record of a Buenos Aires population that in the early 1900s it had about 12,000 inhabitants and just three photographers. “Without a doubt,” says Alexander, “we are looking at a shrewd observer who focuses his camera with great documentary criteria, and who at the same time does so with good artistic quality; he knows a lot about photography, he uses wide shots, normal and even steep, and of course the neighbors aware of this opportunity collaborate with the precise instructions from him, which indicates that he is a well-known person in the town.

Ezequiel Linares and his general

By Roberto Amigo

"Equestrian with dog", oil on canvas of 200 x 180 cm, by the teacher Ezequiel Linares (1927 - 2001) is one of those works that have the energy necessary to reflect an era, in this case the limited and absent democracies in Latin America by the strong military presence in all their governments. In a parody of the generals of the region, Linares composes an equestrian portrait with nods to the classics as he opens a window to the future, because “(...) as always happens with the greatest artists, his gaze anticipates the future”.

The careful observation of the art historian comes to us in the text of Amigo: Linares stressed the past as a creative substrate, enduring and experienced in the present, in his work the American appears with the violence of history and, at the same time, with sarcasm.

Photography: Museon Arlaten-musée de Provence.

Provincial museums: stories on both sides of the sea

By Irina Podgorny

In 1896, the writer and lexicographer Frédéric Mistral promoted, under his patronage, the creation of a commission to provide the city of Arles - in the south of France, on the Mediterranean coast - with a regional museum of Ethnography.

Mistral was born in 1830 in Maillane, in French Provence. The son of a wealthy rural family, he would study law in Aix-en-Provence while committing himself to the rebirth of the language of Oc, or Occitan, a language that, in the mid-19th century, he and his colleagues began to describe as "The first literary language of civilized Europe." Means of expression of the troubadours, language of the medieval administration, Provençal (and Latin), a variant of Occitan, in the 16th century they lost prestige and bureaucratic prominence, especially after the incorporation of Provence into the domain of the king Francisco I.


Recommended reading

In this edition we propose you to read the works of Abdulazak Gurnah (1948), the author who has just won the Nobel Prize in Literature, born and raised on the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania), from where he fled in 1967 away from a revolution, willing to form a new life in England and at just 18 years old. His experience as his migrant, inevitably, is in the thousands of written pages, although it should be noted that Gurnah is today an expert in English literature who transmits his knowledge in the university cloisters of that nation.

Reference Libraries

We incorporate a new section to the Libraries of consultation already offered; this time we bring you reference books on Cartography, such a rich and attractive subject for those who research, collect and enjoy globes, maps, plans, nautical and stellar charts.
As we always say, in the pages of the indicated books you will have a source of information of enormous value. Each reference library will allow you to inquire about the works you own and those you want, it will give you the necessary perspective so as not to make mistakes in your decisions, and above all, it will give you the additional pleasure of enjoying yours with more intensity.

Collectors. Stories and anecdotes

Photographer: M. San Martín: Asunción. The image belongs to the album taken to the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889.

A collection that he designed his future. Milda Rivarola's "Paraguayan Imagoteca", an example to follow.

In general, every collector imagines a horizon for his collection: it will be followed by a descendant, it will be donated to a public entity, it will be part of a museum created by said collector, it will return to the market through an auction house or a specialized professional, gallery owner, antiquarian, bookseller... Or, as the Paraguayan historian Milda Rivarola (Asunción, 1955) has resolved, it will be part of a virtual space available to the whole world.

News and more

Arteba is coming

And next month -from November 4 to 7- we will have the opportunity to enjoy the 30th edition of the arteba fair. The meeting will be held in the La Boca neighborhood, at Arenas Studios, and with new authorities in the Foundation that gives life to this fair, its president, Larisa Andreani, affirms: “After last year's listening process and observing new social behaviors, we agreed that the best thing for this year was to hold a different fair. A fair that is a party, with art at the center of the scene, with outdoor spaces to unite, meet again and with different proposals that appeal to very diverse audiences. All this while preserving the quality and standards that made arteba one of the most important fairs in the region. This year, the year of 30 years, we will be in La Boca, near the port, a place with its doors always open, ready to welcome”.

Cultural Tours

Room of Silence. Photography: Ignacio Liprandi.

Mec, a photography museum in Jujuy.

Always in the idea of proposing visits that give us emotions, this time we look north, towards the province of Jujuy, where a museum of photography surprises the local inhabitants and visitors. And this time we did it with the guidance of an art collector who, just days ago, toured its rooms and enjoyed the proposal.

Collecting is an art, a passion

Since those first steps taken in February 1993 with the launch of the magazine Manos Artesanas, we always work developing new projects aimed at popular arts, bibliophilia and photography, and from 2017 we implemented the area of ??arts, letters and crafts auctions . Along this path, the pandemic forced us to build an Online Auctions program on our website. We started in April 2020 and we have not stopped the march since then, but always imagining that there will be an after. Right now we are traveling that route that takes us back to presence.

While we launch our virtual October Newsletter, you will find us at the BAphoto 2021fair, this time in a hybrid version, being the first face-to-face art fair in Argentina since the parenthesis that we live from March 2020. And we do it with the launch from our Catalog of Photographs number 8, again printed, expanding this collectible series.

We all know it, as collecting is a passion that does not stop, we have a Direct Sales space where we present each work accompanied by its study. We invite you to enjoy the set presented at BAphoto 2021.

And in November we will continue with the Online Auctions, always with collectible works, well selected and studied.

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