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In addition to organizing and introducing a retrospective exhibition of the work of Alfredo Volpi, Olívio Tavares de Araújo discusses the focus of that show. The exhibition included works with a range of color variations on the same formal design, with results that were surprisingly different. The writer’s purpose was to demonstrate to the reader the deep coherence that governed every work executed by the artist, who was born in Lucca, Italy. In Araújo’s opinion, this was an intuitive artist (never ingenuous, let alone innocent) who plotted his works with his intellect. The writer reviews the path followed by Volpi from his origins as an artisan and worker through abstraction and his achievements in Concrete art. These latter works ended up emphasizing the specifically pictorial values in the artwork he created.
Olívio Tavares de Araújo organiza e apresenta exposição retrospectiva de Alfredo Volpi. Informa sobre a concepção da exposição que leva em conta variações cromáticas sobre os mesmos esquemas formais com resultados surpreendentemente diferentes e sobre seu propósito de evidenciar a profunda coerência que preside a construção da obra do artista. Entende que o artista intuitivo, mas não ingênuo ou inocente, organiza suas obras pelo intelecto. Recupera o trajeto de Volpi, das origens de artesão e operário às conquistas abstratas e concretas, enfatizando valores exclusivamente pictóricos de seu trabalho.
This retrospective outlines the entire art life of the painter Alfredo Volpi, emphasizing above all his intrinsic values (pictorial, chromatic, and formal). The exhibition in question had the title Volpi: 90 anos, and was held from July 23 to August 20, 1986, at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM-SP). It was curated by the writer of this article, Olívio Tavares de Araújo.
Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988), the painter born in Italy and living in Brazil, began his art life in the 1920s, when he rendered all his work in a figurative language. Three decades later, in the 1950s, he made forays into geometric abstract art and even came to participate in the Iª Exposição Nacional de Arte Concreta, first in São Paulo (1956), and the following year in Rio de Janeiro. While Volpi’s work did not fit within the parameters of Concrete art, his painting was admired for all its detail (not to mention, celebrated) by the artists and poets tied to that movement.
Olívio Tavares de Araújo is a journalist and art critic. During the 1960s, he wrote an art column for the daily newspaper Estado de Minas; in the 1970s, he wrote about art for Veja, a publication with a large national circulation. He has published some books and also made some films as well as organizing exhibitions of work created by Brazilian artists.
As readings to supplement this document, there is a text by the visual artist Willys de Castro, which coined the specific description “Volpi pinta vôlpis” [doc. no. 1090193]. In that text, the writer emphasizes that the content of Volpi’s paintings results from the independence of his own pictorial investigations. In a general article on the painter’s origins, Mário de Andrade wrote about the Família Artística Paulista (FAP), to which Volpi belonged before he was part of the Grupo Santa Helena, in “Hugo Adami” [doc. no. 783916]; Lourival Gomes Machado also wrote about another painter in the [Santa Helena] group, “Rebolo” [doc. no. 1091476].
Texto retrospectivo sobre a trajetória do pintor Alfredo Volpi, que traz à tona os valores pictóricos, cromáticos e formais de sua obra. A exposição "Volpi: 90 anos" foi realizada de 23 de julho a 20 de agosto de 1986 no Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, sob curadoria do autor, Olívio Tavares de Araújo. O artista Alfredo Volpi desenvolveu, principalmente, uma obra pictórica. De origem italiana, trabalha inicialmente em linguagem figurativa, junto ao grupo Santa Helena. Nos anos cinqüenta, voltou-se para a abstração geométrica, chegando a participar da I Exposição Nacional de Arte Concreta. A obra de Volpi não se enquadra nos pressupostos da arte concreta, mas sua pintura é admirada e celebrada pelos artistas e poetas do movimento. Olívio Tavares de Araújo é jornalista e crítico de arte. Durante a década de 1960 escreve a coluna de arte do Estado de Minas e na década seguinte na revista Veja, de grande circulação nacional. Publica diversos livros, realiza filmes e organiza exposições sobre artistas brasileiros.
CASTRO, Willys de. Volpi pinta vôlpis. 1960.
n- Valorização de aspectos intrínsecos às artes plásticas