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  • ICAA Record ID
    1160234
    AUTHOR
    Brandt, Alberto, 1924-1970
    TITLE
    [A pesar que no es un lugar común...] / Alberto Brandt
    IN
    Alberto Brandt. Exposición de pinturas. -- Caracas : Centro Profesional del Este, 1957
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Interviews
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Brandt, Alberto. "[A pesar que no es un lugar común...]" In Alberto Brandt: Exposición de pinturas. Caracas: Centro Profesional del Este, 1957.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This text by artist Alberto Brandt describes the artistic aims of his exhibition Alberto Brandt. Exposición de pinturas held at the Centro Profesional del Este in Caracas in 1957. As opposed to the “pseudo-classicism,” rationality, and formalism of geometric abstraction which, in Brandt’s view, offer a fragmented vision of man, he aims at “greater communicability” between the artist and the viewer by incorporating the irrational into his painting. To that end, Brandt makes use of the “automatism” technique, which does away with mediating elements to construct “pure painting,” which Brandt deems impossible to translate into any other language. He concludes that “automatic creation” must be produced from a place of risk beyond the hackneyed formulas of, for instance, geometric abstraction.

Annotations

This text is, at core, a statement of principles and the definition of the line of work—and, indeed, of conduct—that visual artist Alberto Brandt (1924–70) would pursue throughout his career regardless of the specific techniques he used, tendencies he followed, or groups he subscribed to at different moments. Brandt’s painting, which he describes as “irreducible to another language,” ranged from abstraction to Informalism (in fact, he was a pioneer of that movement in Venezuela); he made use of the mechanisms of gestural and surrealist painting. Whatever tendency he pursued, he was always at the forefront of the avant-garde, embracing all the risks that that entailed. This text, then, is a statement that foretells the path he would pursue, without deviation, in his search for total expressive freedom and in his unrestrained struggle against any form of convention or tradition.

Researcher
Josefina Manrique
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Location
Biblioteca Juan Carlos Palenzuela