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  • ICAA Record ID
    1091536
    TITLE
    Amilcar de Castro
    NOTES

    Publicado posteriormente em:

    TASSINARI, Alberto (org.). Amilcar de Castro. São Paulo: Cosac & Naify, 1997. p.152-155.

    IMPRINT
    São Paulo, Brasil : [s.n.], maio/jun. 1965
    DESCRIPTION
    4p.
    LANGUAGES
    Portuguese
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Crítica de arte
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    OITICICA, Hélio. Amilcar de Castro. Habitat, São Paulo, n.83, p.49-52, maio/jun. 1965.
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
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Synopsis

In this article, Hélio Oiticica reviews Amílcar de Castro’s sculptural works, noticing as he does so that the artist is adopting a new approach within the context of constructive art by combining intellectual and expressive elements as part of his creative process. After an initial phase dominated by theoretical and aesthetic priorities, Amílcar’s work has taken on expressive nuances influenced by a direct, immediate form of perception. Oiticica comments on the sculptor’s creative career, noting that his discovery of time and space (key elements in sculpture) has coincided with a clear expression of his sense of self, so that his works have become a symbolic-expressive portrayal of his own personal experience. In these works, the “individual’s ego” identifies with the “universal being.” As Oiticica ponders Amílcar de Castro’s work, he detects a fusion of myth and aesthetic intuition, and thus refers to the German philosopher Ernst Cassirer’s studies of phenomenology.

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Synopsis

Hélio Oiticica analisa a obra do escultor Amilcar de Castro. Entende que o artista representa uma nova postura no âmbito da arte construtiva ao conjugar elementos intelectuais e expressivos.  Após uma etapa inicial em que predominava o rigor teórico-estético, a obra de Castro adquire qualidades expressivas ligadas à percepção direta. Comenta seu percurso criativo, notando que a descoberta do tempo e do espaço, elementos fundamentais da escultura, coincide com a representação direta do "Eu", e que suas obras são uma formalização simbólico-expressiva de vivências individuais. Nelas, o "Eu individual" se identifica com o "Ser universal".  Considera que, na obra de Amilcar de Castro, intuição estética e mito se fundem. Oiticica cita estudos de fenomenologia do filósofo alemão Ernest Cassirer.

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Annotations

This document is a reminder that the artist Hélio Oiticica was also an art critic. In 1965, as constructivist utopias were fading, he spoke out in support of a (necessary) distancing from theoretical formulations of a rational nature, advocating instead an approach to art as a form of individual expression. As he examines the work of Amílcar de Castro (1920–2002), Oiticica detects certain signature characteristics in the sculptor’s creative process which reappear in his later works, confirming de Castro’s tendency to create his sculptures based on a single gesture. De Castro was one of the signatories to the Manifesto Neoconcreto, and took part in the Primeira Exposição Neoconcreta, which was also held in 1959.

 

Hélio Oiticica (1937–80) was a Brazilian Neo-Concrete artist. He started studying painting with Ivan Serpa in 1954 at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. He later joined the Grupo Frente and the Neo-Concrete movement. In addition to his geometric paintings, which he worked on while he was studying with Serpa and was a member of the Grupo Frente, Oiticica produced performance and participatory art. His Parangolés (1964)—capes made with fabrics and recycled materials—were worn by the Mangueira Samba School during their performances. Oiticica also created immersive spaces, such as Nucleus (1959–60), which was an installation constructed from suspended painted wooden slats inspired by the Constructivism of Piet Mondrian. In 1967 Oiticica created the immersive environment Tropicália at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro. Tropicália was an installation consisting of rooms with plants and materials such as water, sand and stones, a parrot, a television set, and various other elements that were representative of Brazilian popular culture. The environment was designed to promote sensory stimulation. Oiticica applied the same principles to Eden, the installation he created in 1969 at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. The name Tropicália was used by Brazilian musicians to describe a new style that combined international music and pop with traditional Brazilian music. The term “Tropicália” was absorbed into popular Brazilian culture and came to signify a uniquely Brazilian essence. In 1970 Oiticica took part in the group exhibition Information at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

For more examples of Oiticica’s thoughts on Brazilian art in the late 1960s and early 1970s, see the essay “Esquema geral da nova objetividade” [doc. no. 1110372], and the article “Aparecimento do suprasensorial na arte brasileira” [doc. no. 1110620]. 

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O documento exemplifica a atuação do artista Hélio Oiticica como crítico de arte. Em 1965, momento de diluição das utopias construtivas, Oiticica defende o afastamento de formulações teóricas racionalistas e enfatiza a noção de arte como expressão individual. O autor aponta para características do processo criativo de Amilcar de Castro, que persistem em suas obras posteriores, tal como o fato do artista conceber suas esculturas a partir de desenhos feitos num gesto único. Castro assinou o Manifesto Neoconcreto e participou da I Exposição Neoconcreta, em 1959.

Ver também:
GULLAR, F. Esculturas de Amilcar de Castro. Módulo, São Paulo, 22, abr. 1961.
GULLAR, F. Teoria do não-objeto. Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 21 nov../20 dez. 1960.

 

g- Arte concreta

g- Contribuição de artistas ao projeto construtivo brasileiro

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Researcher
Equipe Brasil: Heloisa Espada
Team
FAPESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Credit
© César e Claudio Oiticica
Location
Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo