Though unsigned, this text may have been written by journalist Thomaz Souto Corrêa, author of an earlier text entitled “Aviso: é a Guerra” that makes use of similar terms. It provides an overview of the activities and aims, accomplishments and frustrations, of the Grupo Rex, a short-lived art group based in São Paulo.
Founded in 1966 by Brazilian artists Wesley Duke Lee (1931–2010), Geraldo de Barros (1923–98), Nelson Leirner (b. 1932), Carlos Fajardo (b. 1941), Luiz Paulo Baravelli (b. 1942), and Frederico Nasser (b. 1942), the polemic Grupo Rex was critical of the art scene. It both ran a gallery, Rex Gallery & Sons, and put out a newsletter, Rex Time. In addition to the five shows the group held and the five newsletters it released, it engaged in other cultural activities, including organizing a lecture by sculptor Flávio de Carvalho.
The group disbanded and the gallery closed in 1967 with an event or happening organized by Leirner entitled “O encerramento do grupo e da galeria se dá em 1967 com o evento, considerado um happening, ‘Exposição não exposição’” [Non-Exhibition Exhibition].
The likely author of this text is journalist Thomaz Souto Corrêa (b. 1938). He was the editor of a number of São Paulo-based magazines before becoming the vice-president of Editora Abril, a major publishing house in Brazil. “Aviso: é a guerra” , also by Corrêa, comments on the cessation of the Grupo Rex’s activities. See as well the anonymous text “O fechamento duma galeria paulista: Rex: bandeira arriada” .