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Arroyo Eduardo      Pages: 1-2

(1937— ).

Prolific Spanish artist, based in France and Italy until Franco's death in 1975, whose politically and culturally radical targets were not only political conservatism but also new art orthodoxies. He attacked Duchamp (Live and Lei Die: The Tragic End of Marcel Duchamp, 1965) and the Nouveau realisme group, Miro and Dali. Co-founder of the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in 1963, A.'s aim was to create 'art that engages the spirit of art more than its vocabulary', a statement which characterizes all his activities. In solidarity with Cuban intellectuals, he and other members of Jeune Peinture painted a mural in homage to the Cuban Revolution and organized a 'Salle Rouge pour le Vietnam'. In 1968 they started the Atelier Populaire at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, producing more than 300,000 posters. A.'s passionate commitment to radicalism informs his idiosyncratic, often autobiographical, work, which also has great formal qualities recognized widely after the 1980s.


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