(São Paulo, Brazil)
After fifteen years without exhibiting in Brazil, one of the finest Argentinian painters, Guillermo Kuitca returned in grand style this year. After a group show at Casa Daros, in Rio, and a retrospective exhibition at the Pinacoteca in São Paulo, two galleries joined in the effort of representing the artist in the Brazilian circuit. In collaboration, Galeria Fortes Vilaça and Mendes Wood DM present two parallel shows, “Diários” (closed on the 22nd November) and “Doble Eclipse”, respectively, in their headquarters.
About “Diários” [“Journals”]:
Fortes Vilaça presents an installation comprising 18 circular paintings from series “Diários”, started in 1994. Different groups from this body of work have already been shown – among them an installation at the 2007 Venice Biennale – but here the set consists of works made between 2005 and 2012. The artist stretches an unfinished canvas over a tabletop and keeps it there for months while carrying on with his everyday activities. Over this canvas, Kuitca makes notes, scribbles while speaking on the phone, paints studies and drafts. Intentionality and chance merge and are absorbed by each of these diaries, in a way that they expand themselves beyond painting and incorporate drawing, writing and assemblage. They are witnesses of the artist’s life and, hanging side by side, form a plastic narrative of his intimacy.
Galeria Fortes Vilaça
On view through 6th December
Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1500
T.: 55 11 3032 7066
Visiting: Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm; Saturdays from 10am to 6pm