Ricardo Basbaum revisits his 80s and 90s work in “Corte-Contaminação-Contato”

(São Paulo, Brazil)

Devised non-chronologically from extensive, widely unseen output by PIPA Prize 2011 nominee Ricardo Basbaum, “Corte-Contaminação-Contato” opens this Saturday, June 3rd, at Galeria Jaqueline Martins. Curated by Marta Mestre, the show focuses primarily on some of the more substantial strands of his 80s and early 90s work, featuring for example a series of paintings and experiments in public spaces (1985-87), the “Cabelo” series (1985-86), the “Olho” project (1984-1990), and the project “NBP – Novas Bases para a Personalidade” (New Bases for Personality, initiated in 1989-90)

“The show evidences the need to revise established accounts about art from the 1980s and 1990s, through a body of work that’s open to a constellation of cross-references, and broadens the Brazilian art world’s connections with the international context: from the work of Antoni Muntadas in public spaces to do-it-yourself (DIY) aesthetics, from Wlademir Dias Pino’s process-poems to Julio Plaza’s use of new supports and media, from Barbara Kruger’s slogans to Hélio Oiticica’s and Lygia Clark’s ideas about participation, etc.,” says Mestre, who participated for the second time in the PIPA Prize Nominating Committee this year.

Spanning the gallery’s two floors, the exhibition encompasses the artist’s impasses and creative fluctuations, as well as his more consolidated projects, with special emphasis placed on the idea of “series,” which Basbaum employs to create sequences at once visual and discourse-oriented, and often prone to “contamination” or even “viralization” – a concept forged by the media culture of those years that immediately preceded the digital revolution that would ensue.

“Corte-Contaminação-Contato”, solo show by Ricardo Basbaum
Curated by Marta Mestre
On view from June 6th through July 22nd, 2017
Opening: Saturday, June 3rd, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Galeria Jaqueline Martins
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