(New York, USA)
“One of the factors that makes art so magical is its ability to reflect our current moment in history. This is true on a local and global scale and can be seen time and time again in art history”, says the presentation of “Brazil and the Avant-garde: Raizes” at Shin Gallery, in New York, USA. From January 18th, to February, 26th, 2022, important names of the Neo-Concretism are presented to celebrate the Brazilian “Semana de Arte de 22”. Lygia Clark, Anna Maria Maiolino, Elisa Martins da Silveira Teresina, Mira Schendel, Otavio Schipper and Alfredo Volpi are exhibited in the group show.
The Concrete Art Movement was adopted in Brazil in the 1960s and it is characterized by a tendency towards using geometric lines and forms and bold solid colors. What was unique about these movements was that each artist came from different artistic backgrounds and implemented different styles, but all worked towards the goal of making people understand how art is experienced in space and time.
The artistic movement is political, but also self-referential using national colors and materials. What unites both genres is their ability to use surreal forms, bright colors, and geometric patterns to express themselves.