Luis Felipe Noé

  • Born 1933 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentinian artist and writer Luis Felipe Noé studied painting and law before co-founding the artist group Otra Figuración (Another Figuration) in 1961. Associated with the neofiguration movement, the collective’s process-oriented, experimental work reflected the turbulent social and political situation in Argentina in the 1960s. “I believe in chaos as a value,” said Noé. His Introducción a la esperanza (Introduction to Hope), 1963, a nine-panel work combining chaotic images of incited crowds with protest-like placards extending from it, won the Premio Palanza (Palanza Prize) from the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (Torcuato Di Tella Institute). Although Otra Figuración officially disbanded in 1963, the group did participate in the Guggenheim International Award exhibition in 1964. A year later, Noé received a Guggenheim fellowship and moved to New York. There he created ephemeral, sculptural installations and published the antiaesthetic pamphlet Antiestética. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1967, where he opened a bar and created spatially complex installations with mirrors, inspiring the absurdist elements in his 1974 novel Recontrapoder. After a violent coup ousted Isabel Perón from power, Noé moved to Paris in 1976. In 1975 he returned to painting, producing expressive landscapes and innovating a crumpled technique on canvas. He returned to Argentina in 1987

Artworks by Luis Felipe Noé in the exhibition