Kenneth Kemble (Buenos Aires, 1923–1998) was one of the main artists of the Informalist movement in Argentina. Beginning in 1956, he experimented with collages, assemblages, reliefs, and informal and sign painting. Kemble participated in the exhibits of the Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association], a bastion of abstract trends. In 1959, he was part of the exhibition Movimiento Informal [Informalist Movement] at the Van Riel Gallery. In 1961, Kemble was the driving force behind the exhibition that presented arte destructivo [destructive art]. He practiced art criticism, mainly at the Buenos Aires Herald (a newspaper for the English community in the capital, founded in 1876) between 1960 and 1963. Afterward, he continued his written reflections, with an emphasis on the theory of the creative process.
This document forms part of a set in reference to the Destructive Art exhibition that took place at the Galería Lirolay, from November 20–30 of 1961; in which Kemble, Luis Alberto Wells, Enrique Barilari, Silvia Torrás, Jorge López Anaya, Jorge Roiger, and Antonio Seguí participated. This exhibition played a seminal role in the direction of Argentinean art of the 1960s. Aldo Pellegrini was an important poet and critic associated with the surrealist movement (see documents 742471, 745425, and 745438, among others).