(New York, US)
The legacy of one of the most important Brazilian art phases, Neoconcretism, is the starting point for the show “Empty House – Casa Vazia”, at Luhring Augustine. Gathering artists from different generations, the exhibition denies the obvious chronological setting. Instead, it builds a dialogue between iconic artworks and more recent sculptures. Adriano Costa, Erika Verzutti, Marcius Galan and Rodrigo Matheus are a few of the artists showcased in the exhibition, on view through 28th August.
“Empty House – Casa Vazia” is a sculpture exhibition featuring a cross-generational group of Brazilian artists whose works engage the legacy of 1950s Neoconcretism. Challenging the rationalism and universal objectivity of early abstraction, the artists associated with this movement sought a means of expression beyond an object’s immutable formal properties, and embraced a phenomenological, at times participatory, approach in their efforts to expand the vocabulary of sculpture.
The show does not aim to tell a genealogical story. Rather, the exhibition forefronts the experiential here-and-now of the works presented, as well as sets the stage for diverse dialogues between iconic historical works and recent statements in contemporary sculpture. These conceptually rigorous and sometimes unassuming works offer critical insight into questions of materiality, tactility, and space. They are drawn together by a shared artistic language that emphasizes an economy of means and, most importantly, by a poetic, often playful sensibility.
The exhibition was organised by Lucrecia Zappi and Donald Johnson Montenegro, and presents works by Waltercio Caldas, Lygia Clark, Raymundo Colares, Adriano Costa, Alexandre da Cunha, Amílcar de Castro, Willys de Castro, Antonio Dias, Marcius Galan, Fernanda Gomes, Jac Leirner, Rodrigo Matheus, Paulo Monteiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Tunga and Erika Verzutti.
“Empty House Casa Vazia”, group show featuring Adriano Costa, Erika Verzutti, Marcius Galan and Rodrigo Matheus
Opening: 27th June
On view through 28th August
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