Opening | “Quase figura, quase forma”, group show with Felipe Cohen, Marina Rheingantz and Tatiana Blass

(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
Free admission

Galeria Estação
Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 625 – Pinheiros SP
T: 55.11.38137253

Watch the video “Home is where the Art is: Stories about Artistic Residencies”

Watch the release of another PIPA special video, part of a series created to stimulate and contribute to discussions and reflections on art.

In “Home is where the Art is: Stories about Artistic Residencies”, pieces of statements collected between 2010 and 2013 address artistic residency. Artists tell how their experiences with residency programmes influenced their thinking and working processes. Catalina Lozano – Gasworks coordinator in 2010 – gives a perspective from the other side of the story, of what she believes a residency should be for an artist. Tatiana Blass describes through Skype, directly from London, the period she participated in Gasworks’ programme.

Watch the video:

Still on artistic residencies, a conversation between Luiz Camillo Osorio and Rowan Geddis (Gasworks coordinator) was recorded in 2011, at MAM-Rio. Watch “PIPA 2011: Awards and residencies in debate”:

Special videos

This series was created in December 2011 and has, as one of its goals, the stimulation of discussion and reflection on different points of art as it happens nowadays.

Always made by Matrioska Films, the series of special videos brings stories related to art, whose themes emerge from video-interviews with the nominated artists, over the course of four years, such as “Inabilsmo”.

The series also addresses themes that come up from conversations between the Prize and Matrioska teams, like in “The bar owner”, “Charles’ cup of tea” and the most recent Interview with Nelson Leirner.

See the full list of Prize videos:access the videos page.

Lauching of children books “A Família Mobília” and “Superzeróis”

(São Paulo, Brazil)

The artists Tatiana Blass e Marcelo Cipis release this Saturday the books “A Família Mobília” (The Furniture Family) and “Superzeróis” (Superzeros), respectively, through publishing house Cosac Naify, at Martins Fontes bookshop. There will also be a children workshop and autograph session with the authors.

About “Superzeróis”:
Marcelo Cipis invented a league of clumsy superheros. They were not nicknamed “Superzeros” by chance. In this interactive book, each card contains a character acting like a hero, but on the back we see they are not as invincible as they look… As well as reading the cards in their order, readers can fit them in any order, creating different stories – including tridimensional versions.

About “A Família Mobília”:
In her first book, artist Tatiana Blass imagined a very original family, made of furnitures of a house where nothing stays in place. Playing with furniture immobility, Tatiana also refers to the objects’ use: Telma TV always needs to be the centre of attention, Teodoro Carpet is always feeling down, Sergio Sofa spends the whole day napping… The colourful illustrations present patterns for each object, enhancing the messy aspect. The boom comes in an envelope with two little windows – the house of Furniture Family.

Launching of books “A Família Mobília” and “Superzeróis”, with children workshop and autograph session with authors Tatiana Blass and Marcelo Cipis
Saturday 12th April, from 11am

Livraria Martins Fontes
Av. Paulista, 509
São Paulo
55 11 21679900
Parking in Rua Manoel da Nóbrega, 95 and R. Manoel da Nóbrega, 88 (first hour cortesy)

Last days | “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369

PIPA artists in “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369

PIPA artists in “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369

35 dynamic Brazilian artists at Wex

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369

 

New exhibition | Brazilian contemporary art in US

(Columbus, USA)

The Wexner Center for the Arts presents the exhibition “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”. The opening happens this Friday, January 31st.

The Portuguese word cruzamentos translates literally as “crossroads” or ‘”intersections,” but in Brazil it’s also a metaphor for the diverse cultural heritage that makes the country so distinct. In that spirit, this exhibition explores the work of 35 dynamic Brazilian artists—many of whom have never been widely exhibited in the US—whose practices and influences are as varied as the social, racial, and geographical composition of the country itself. The exhibition will include new and site-specific works, several of which you’ll encounter in unexpected places in and around the center.

Although a handful of postwar Brazilian artists have received recognition in North America (including Hélio Oiticica and Ernesto Neto, whose work has been exhibited at the Wex), the astonishingly high level of artistic production throughout Brazil over recent decades remains significantly overlooked beyond its borders. Between the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, all eyes will be trained on this rapidly evolving country and its political and economic development. Cruzamentos offers a timely focus on Brazil’s vibrant culture and is one culmination of the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary, four-year-long Via Brasil initiative.

Artists in the show: Adriana Varejão, Beatriz Milhazes, Cristiano Lenhardt, Erika VerzuttiGisele Camargo, Jac Leirner, Jonathas de Andrade ( PIPA 2011 Finalist), José Damasceno, Leda Catunda and Tatiana Blass ( PIPA 2011 winner).

Via Brasil is the Wexner Center’s multidisciplinary initiative focusing on contemporary art and culture in Brazil made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”
January 31 – April 20
Wexner Center for the Arts – 1871 N High St
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201
Tel: (614) 292-3535
Fax: (614) 292-3369