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    This is a review of a retrospective exhibition of works by Italian-born artist Danilo Di Prete, featured as part of the VI Bienal de São Paulo, in 1961. The exhibition, mounted at a Sala Especial (a dedicated space within the Bienal’s pavilion building), displayed works that best represented his “neo-impressionist figurativism,” as stated by the critic Jose Geraldo Vieira.

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    Danilo di Prete (1911–85) was born in Pisa, Italy. He immigrated to Brazil in 1946, settling in the city of São Paulo. He enjoyed a long career as a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. Well-known for his use of nylon, glass, and metal, his multimedia approach (which included sometimes abstracted and kinetic works) earned him a number of national awards and recognition for the duration of his career in Brazil. [For more on Di Prete’s life and work, see in the ICAA digital archive: “Danilo Di Prete, genio em constante mutacao,” by Ana Candida Vespucci (doc. no. 1306740); and “Aos 84 anos, morre o pintor Danilo Di Prete,” by R. A. (doc. no. 1307533)].

     

    [For additional texts by the author, see: “A arte do fantástico” (doc. no.  1111415); “A arte ‘ingênua’” (doc. no. 1110356); “Bienal, passarela de gênios” (doc. no. 1110907); “O contingente brasileiro na 3a Bienal de arte de São Paulo: preámbulo necessário” (doc. no. 1110833); “O dilema figuração-abstração” (doc. no. 1110841); “Exposição Nacional de Arte Concreta” (doc. no. 1087109); “Genaro de Carvalho” (doc. no. 1110697); “IV Bienal do Museu de Arte Moderna” (doc. no. 1232311); “Livio Abramo e a macumba fluminense” (doc. no. 1110609); “Mário Cravo” (doc. no. 1110465); “Materiais insólitos, desde o dadaísmo até a pop-art” (doc. no. 1110837); and “Nas artes plásticas” (doc. no. 1110853)].