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  • Place of origin:

    Argentina (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Berni, Antonio (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London

  • Museum number:

    E.98-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3H, shelf 24

Antonio Berni was born in Rosario, Argentina in 1905. He studied painting at Rosario Catalá Center, then lived in Paris from 1928 to 1930. During the 1940s and 50s he produced a number of paintings that depicted the struggles of the Argentinian people. By 1969 he was involved in the Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC, or the Art and Communication Centre) in Buenos Aires. CAYC's members were concerned with the link between art and technology, and, in particular, with the use of systems in the production of art work. Following a coup in Argentina, Berni moved to New York in 1976. He died in Buenos Aires in 1981.

This untitled print was made from a computer generated drawing, created by the artist or a computer programmer. It was donated to the V&A by the Computer Arts Society, and may have been included in a CAS exhibition entitled Creative Computers, which toured the UK in 1971-2. The exhibition included works by Antonio Berni, Ernesto Deira, Hugo Demarco, Osvaldo Romberg and Miguel Vidal, all of whom were involved in CAYC.

A similar print by Berni was exhibited at the Tendencies 5 exhibition in Zagreb in 1973.

Physical description

Black and white screenprint on paper, mounted on board, from a computer generated drawing depicting a butterfly morphing into a woman.

Place of Origin

Argentina (made)

Date

1969 (made)

Artist/maker

Berni, Antonio (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'a. Berni'
Artist's signature in pen, in lower right side.

Dimensions

Height: 36 cm, Width: 70 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white screenprint mounted on board, after a computer generated drawing, ca. 1969, by Antonio Berni.

Materials

Mounting board; Printing ink; Paper (fiber product)

Techniques

Screenprinting; Computerized composition

Subjects depicted

Butterfly; Woman

Categories

Prints; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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