One of the advantages of being in the search of art and artist books is that you encounter books by artists of whom you never have heard before. That does not mean that they do not deserve to be known, but in some cases distance is the problem. Where a book or publications travels around the globe, it is much more difficult to let a exhibition travel physically. So this explains why i have never heard of Jorge Demirjián , an Argentinian artist born in 1932 who has had his share of exhibitions in Argentina and reminds me of Theys and Raveel .
It fits since they are contemporaries of each other , but his style is more bold. He died just a year ago and that is perhaps the reason that it was meant to be and that i found this catalogue and had to write a blog on Demirjián. An Argentinian artist who is well known in his own country but deserves to be known outside Argentina as well. Here is the list i found on Art Guion XXI gallery:
1961 Individual exhibition at the Galeria delle Ore. Milán.
1964/1966 He settles down in Paris where he participates in Latin American Artists in the Museum of Modern Art of Paris: Galerie Lahumiére, Paris; Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Salon de Mai.
1967 He works a brief period in New York where he participates in the following exhibitions D’Arey Gallery. New York; Tweed Gallery University, Minessota (U.S.A).
1968 Surrealism in the Argentina, Institute Torcuato Di Tella; individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino; he obtains the First Prize of Painting “Fundación Lorenzutti”.
1969 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires.
1970 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires. He obtains the Scholarship of the British Council; he settles down in London where he studies and works at the Honney College and at the Slade College of Arts, London University. He participates in the following exhibitions: Annely Juda Fine Arts, Center of Art and Communication; Camden Art Center The Slade 1871 – 1971; Royal Academy of Arts: Art Spectrum. London. 7th International Exhibition of Prints, Awning: Argentinische Kunst der Gegenwan Kunshalle, Bastleu, Switzerland; Cluitstoph Dür Galerie, Munich: Argentinean art of today, Lugano. Switzerland.
1972 Individual exhibition at the Galería Bonino, Buenos Aires. 3rd. Biennial of Arte Coltejer, Medellín,Colombia where he obtains the Prize of Painting. He represents the Argentina in the 36th Biennial of Venice. Argentinische Kunst der Gegenwan. Rheiabches Landes Museum. Bonn and at the Kunthaus, Hamburg.
1973 Individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá Colombia.
1974 Individual exhibition at Bonino Gallery, Buenos Aires.
1975 Argentine Drawings. Corcoran Gallery, Washington.
1976 He settles down in Paris. He participates in the following exhibitions: Receni. ,Latin American Drawings, New York. Vlll Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes Sur Mer, France. Art Argentinean Contemporary Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art. Madrid.
1977 Individual exhibition at the Galleria delle Ore, Milán with presentation of Pierre Restany. Current art of Iberoamérica, Madrid, Spain.
Current panorama of the young painting Argentina, Fundation Alvares Peinteado, San Pablo Brasil. He obtains the 2do. award Benson & Hedges to the “Nueva Pintura Argentina”.
1979 Individual exhibition at the Gallery New Art , Buenos Aires, with presentation of Jack Ligot. Contemporary Argentinean Art; Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo. Japón Museum of Modern Art of Kamukom, Japan.
1982 The 48th Carnegie International Institute Museum of Art ,Pittsburgh, USES.
1983 1er prize Navarro Correa of Drawing, National Museum of Fine Arts. “Realismo tres vertientes” Museum of America. Madrid.
1985 “Ideas e imágenes en la Argentina de hoy”. Museum of Modern Art of Mexico. Exhibition individual Gallery Jacques Martínez, “Demirjian works on paper 1963 – 1984”. Foundation San Telmo, Buenos Aires.
1989 Idea and Images Argentina, The Bronx Museum of Arts. New York, USES. PrizePa!anza. National Museum of Fine Arts.
1990 9th. Prize of Painting “María Calderón de la Barca” National Museum of Fine Arts.
1991 Prize Palanza, National Museum of Fine Arts. “Arte en la Rosada” National Museum of Fine Arts -90 years, Argentina’s Paintings selection”. Prize Patio Bullrich. He obtains the Prize Gabus, Museum of Modern Art.
1992 “From informalism to the Critical Figuration”, F.A.B.A.
1993 Individual exhibition, Palatina Gallery and National Fund of the Arts 1985/1995 – 15 years. Museum of Modern Art.
www.ftn-books.com has now this one and only, but important, Title available Demirjian.