(São Paulo, Brazil)
Galeria Estação, alongside Galeria Millan, carries out from the 21st August until 10th October the exhibition “Quase figura, quase forma”["Nearly figure, nearly form"]. Curated by Lorenzo Mammì, the exhibition gathers works by Brazilian contemporary artists and recent popular art production. Although the starting points are distinct, an intermediate area of possible exchanges gradually becomes clear.
Alcides Pereira dos Santos, Ana Prata, Aurelino dos Santos, Cícero Alves dos Santos, Felipe Cohen, João Cosmo Felix, João Francisco da Silva, José Bezerra, Neves Torres, Paulo Pasta, Sebastião Theodoro Paulino, e Tatiana Blass are the artist represented by both galleries. However the curator also selected artists who are part of other casts, like Marina Rheingantz (Fortes Villaça), Fabio Miguez e Sergio Sister (Nara Roesler) e Paulo Monteiro (Mendes Wood).
For Mammì, while many contemporary artists are reconnecting to questions about representation or facing the media issue in a more individual, less conceptual way, popular art is gradually assuming a formally freer relationship with their traditional repertoire.
According to Mammì, a critical analysis of contemporary and popular art productions of the past 30 years shows some possible similarities to be explored. For the curator, in the late 1970s figuration became more relevant than abstraction in contemporary paining. “One could perhaps say that, if the 20th century was tended towards abstraction, the 21st century tends towards figuration”, he adds.
In parallel, the curator states that Brazilian popular art – always rooted in concepts of image, figure and sign – amplified its repertoire by allowing that the authorial calling of its representatives gained increasingly more space. “A certain erasing of image, a certain dissolving in traditional narrative structures and already-established symbology can also be identified, in my opinion, in recent popular art”, says the critic.
Mammì points out that popular art in Brazil “was never strictly folk, in the sense of repeating an inherited community repertoire, without meaning to be unique”. According to him, with the exception of native art, this repertoire practically did not exist, or was recently imported. Mammì also highlights the fact that craftwork, which has developed since the beginning near urban centers, where commerce was more intense, acted in favour of a distinct production. “The borders were never inflexible: popular artists such as Emygdio de Souza, Agnaldo dos Santos, Djanira and Heitor dos Prazeres, have circled in cult environments, while classic painters like Guignard, Volpi and Pancetti were close to popular language”, he explains.
“Quase figura, Quase forma”, with Felipe Cohen, Marina Rheingantz and Tatiana Blass
Curated by Lorenzo Mammì
Opening: 21st August, at 7pm (for guests only)
On view through 10th October
Visiting: Mon-Fri, 11am to 7pm; Saturdays 11am to 3pm
Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625 – Pinheiros SP