Read below a free translation of the text published, today, June 6th, at Eu&Fim de Semana magazine of Valor Econômico newspaper.
Brazilian team of contemporary art
One of the country mains prize, Pipa announce finalists. By Jacílio Saraiva, for the Valor, from São Paulo.
Among the four finalists of the 5th edition of Investidor Professional Art Prize (Pipa), announced today, there is a carioca ( born in Rio de Janeiro) who lives and works in Berlin and New York, a Catalan who lives in Rio and artists of Maranhao ( Northeast Brazil) and Sao Paulo. All are represented by galleries in Brazil and have been nominated in other editions of the Prize. Alice Miceli, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Thiago Martins de Mello and Wagner Malta Tavares (WMT) run for cash prizes and an artistic residence in the USA. The winner will be announced on November 5th.
The award is a partnership of IP Capital Partners, an asset management company, and the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). The idea is to highlight emerging artists. “It is not open for applications,” says Lucrecia Vinhaes, coordinator of PIPA. “The names are defined by a Nominating Committee.” This committee was composed of 31 professional Brazilian art experts, from all regions of the country, and foreign experts on national contemporary art. This year, there were 66 nominees.
An exhibition with the work of the four finalists happens at MAM-Rio in September. “The Pipa is part of the curatorial program of the museum, in its task to expose and stimulate young artists,” says Luiz Camillo Osorio, curator of MAM. “The finalists of each issue donate a piece to our collection, reinforcing an acquisition strategy and institutional strengthening. ”
The finalists run for two award categories. In the main, the winner is chosen by a jury, whose formation is revealed on October 22nd, and receives R$100,000. Around R$25,000 is used to fund a residency program, lasting three months in New York. The Award Jury members will choose the winner based on their portfolios and the works exhibited in the MAM. The second prize (R$20,000) is defined by popular vote, by the audience who visit the museum in Rio.
Among the nominees, Melo, 33, is already preparing for the next Biennial ( São Paulo), which will show a huge installation. Represented by the gallery Mendes Wood, in São Paulo, he has work in museum collections in Brazil and abroad, such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, in Vienna. “I work with painting and currently I am dedicating myself to experiment with sculpture,” he says. He is showing works in the traveling exhibition “Imagine Brazil”, which started in Oslo and goes through France. “The awards are important for the visibility they provide. If I win, I intend to use it as a financial complement in works production. ”
Also in the portfolio of Mendes Wood, Mangrané uses common objects, as oranges, and natural materials such as leaves, to create and make his works. Born in Barcelona, the 37 year old artist lives in Rio and is also on the team of Nuno Centeno Gallery in Portugal, and in the German Esther Schipper. He participated in the Bienal de São Paulo (2012), and the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (2013). “I use mainly drawing, photography, sculpture and film,” he says. “I work in collaboration with technology companies in creating three-dimensional images.”
Mangrané attended the Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador, where he did work with the German philosopher Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, which investigates the relationships between design and knowledge, by means of books by authors from areas such as biology and mathematics. In October, happens the first retrospective of his career, with 15 years of production, at the museum Crac Alsace, France. He said the prize money offered by Pipa is an opportunity to work away from the pressures of the market.
The São Paulo Tavares, 50, works with sculpture, video, photography, performance and design. “Just do not paint.” Recently performed an intervention in downtown São Paulo, in three areas of the City Museum: the Beco do Pinto, the Solar da Marquesa and the Casa da Imagem. The “Scent of Princess’ work was made with zinc pipe, 300 feet long, that went through the rooms, climbing walls and stairs.At some points, exhaust fans gave off scents of flowers and human odors. In April, ended his solo at his gallery – Marilia Razuk, with photos, videos and sculptures. This month, he will take part in an group exhibition in Linz, Austria.
Beyond this year, the Rio born Alice Miceli, 34, was also nominated for Pipa in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She called circuit attention when she attended the 29th Bienal de São Paulo, in 2010, with 30 images taken at the border between Ukraine and Belarus, in ancient Belarus, a region known for the explosion of the Chernobyl reactor. Now preparing for the second individual, scheduled for 2015, at the gallery Nara Roesler, who takes care of her career. “Photography is a way of exploring the meanings of impenetrable spaces, are exclusion zones or minefields, articulating ways to recover the past and ‘re-imagining’ the future of these places.”
In March, the “Financial Times” pointed out five names among the main Brazilian artists of the new generation. All were finalists or winners of any edition of Pipa, as Renata Lucas, winner in 2010, and Jonathas de Andrade and André Komatsu, both finalists in 2011. Tatiana Blass, winner by the jury and popular vote in 2011, was identified among the 50 artists under 50 years “collectibles” in the world by the magazine “Art + Auction”. ■
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