Carmelo Arden Quin
(1913 - 2010)
Carmelo Arden Quin was active/lived in Uruguay, Latin America, France. Carmelo Quin is known for constructivist, geometric, cubist image mixed media art, mobiles.
Arden Quin was born in 1913 in Rivera Uruguay, a town on the Brazilian border. He had an uncle who painted cubist paintings, and in 1934 in Rivera Arden Quin created his first surviving painting, Naturel Morte Cubiste or Cubist Still Life.
In Montevideo twenty-one year old Arden Quin met his mentor, the artist Joaquin Torres-Garcia, then in his sixties. Torres-Garcia had just returned from Europe where he had been influenced by Piet Mondrian and Michel Seufor: Torres-Garcia and Seufor formed the Cercle et Carre group, which included Mondrian and Vantongerloo and was dedicated to geometric and constructivist art. In Montevideo Arden Quin studied under Torres-Garcia and was influenced by his transformable and articulated sculpture pieces.
During the 1940’s Arden Quin joined intellectual writers and artists in Buenos Aires. In 1944, after working on it for several years, he brought out the literary and artistic journal Arturo, in which he applied dialectic materialism of art. He also contributed his prose poem Pegasus Eats Grass in Chaos, which refers (secretly due to censorship) to the horrors of World War II.
In August of 1946 Arden Quin read to the public the MADI Manifesto, which he had written, and which launched the MADI movement. He began experimenting with curved wood, alternating convex and concave forms, which he called “fome galbee” and irregular shapes, as seen in EXA.
By late 1946 Arden Quin was in Paris , turning out work after work in his new shapes and curves. He experimented with many different color combinations and also made wooden movable pieces.
In the 1950’s he created mobiles and works on highly polished enameled wood he called plastiqu blanche. Examples of this technique may be seen in Volf Roitman’s work from the 1950’s on the blue island in the center of the museum. This was a very tedious process, since each application had to dry before another was applied, in order to reach the polished surface.
In the 1950’s Arden Quin’s works were shown at the Salon des Realities in Paris, and then he returned to Buenos Aires where he launched the Associacion Arte Nuevo. The first major retrospective of his work was shown at Alexandre LaSalle’s Saint-Paul-de-Vence gallery.
In the 1960’s he produced mobiles, and in the 1970’s he continued his experiments with the “H” form and now curved his work surface in two directions. In the 1980’s he did many coplanals, which involved more than one piece of work of art, sometimes attached, sometimes not, and sometimes movable. Italia is an example of this.
In the 1990’s Arden Quin was included in the MOMA exhibit of “Latin American Artists of the twentieth Century” and was named on the 50 most important artists of our time by an international critic review board assembled to select art for the Olympics in Seoul and Barcelona.
"Carmelo Arden Quin," Geometric Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, " Web, Jun. 2018
in Uruguay in 1913, Carmelo Arden Quin followed law studies in Brazil and
moved to Buenos Aires in 1938. There he founded the Arte
Concreto-Invencion group that organizes for abstract art whose
works have an irregular frame.
"In 1944-45 Arden Quin has sought and found a way to give the composition to the irregular shape of the table. The structure of the axes supported on the corners of the frame. Cutting the frame, and
from there the proportions of surface colors complied with the measures
of the number of gold, providing the composition a fine balance.
"(Agnes de Maistre, Carmelo Arden- Quin, 1996)
Painter and sculptor, Arden Quin is also a respected theoretician. With
Blaszko and Rothfuss among others, he founded the MADI movement in
Buenos Aires in 1946: an art freed from his shackles, playful and
of this group are held around the world including at New York MoMA, the
Pompidou Center in 1992, the Arte Reina Sofia Center in Madrid in 1997 and the House of Latin America in Paris in 2008 .
Arden Quin died in
France in 2010.