Topic Descriptor: Contemporary×
  • Baravelli visita Leda Catunda
    Baravelli, Luiz Paulo; Catunda, Leda
    This is an interview conducted by the artist Luiz Paulo Baravelli with the painter Leda Catunda, who comments on two painting trends in São Paulo in the 1980s: subject and figure. She talks about her approach to art of the prior decade and cites the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111248

  • Barrio
    Barrio, Artur
    This book is part of the ABC (Arte Brasileira Contemporânea) collection, published by Funarte (Fundação Nacional das Artes). As the title suggests, Artur Barrio is about the artist; it includes a selection of his essays, illustrated with a variety [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111068

  • Bienal e participação... do povo
    Pedrosa, Mário
    This commentary by Mário Pedrosa centers on the large audiences that admired and interacted with the works exhibited at the IX São Paulo Biennial (1969). He states that: “art has ceased to be that distant and humorless thing, that terribly [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111108

  • Bodywise
    Basualdo, Carlos, 1964-
    In this essay featured in the catalogue for the exhibition Art from Brazil in New York, critic and curator Carlos Basualdo, who was born in Rosario, Argentina, argues that Brazilian art has made a threefold contribution in terms of the following [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110985

  • Brasil : uma nova arte
    Leirner, Sheila, 1948-
    In this text, Sheila Leirner analyzes the artwork produced in Brazil, starting with her assessment of pluralism in international art. She arrives at the hypothesis that artwork in Brazil is not content to reproduce foreign models. One advantage of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110940

  • Brasil (es)/Brazil(s)
    Herkenhoff, Paulo
    In his essay, Paulo Herkenhoff seeks to portray Brazil as though it were one country and several countries at the same time, presenting its art as though it were both a singular and a multiple phenomenon. The critic thinks of Brazil as just a point [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1075090

  • Brazil : origins and breakthroughs of contemporary art
    Herkenhoff, Paulo
    Critic and curator Paulo Herkenhoff presents Brazilian art in the context of the exhibition Art from Brazil in New York, held in 1995. Herkenhoff argues that Brazilian culture has deep roots in “anthropophagia” and that its vast miscegenation has [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110994

  • Centro Cultural São Paulo : 1991
    Barros, Stella Teixeira de
    This text is an analysis of the two years that had passed since the opening of the Divisão de Artes Plásticas do CCSP (Centro Cultural São Paulo), reorganized in 1989. Stella Teixeira de Barros emphasizes that in spite of remaining fairly distant [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111297

  • Cica & sede de crítica
    Basbaum, Ricardo
    The text investigates the possibility that art critics will recover their effectiveness, given an alleged decline in the field. Basbaum comments on the need to generate new languages in order to come up with new ideas. The text states that critics [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111406

  • Cildo Meireles
    Meireles, Cildo; Brito, Ronaldo; Sousa, Eudoro de
    This book on artist Cildo Meireles forms part of the ABC—Arte Brasileira Contemporânea—a collection published by the Fundação Nacional de Artes (Funarte), a governmental organization with headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. The volume contains the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111069

  • Como vai você, geração 80? (Sinto-me como uma star, no palco, investindo no prazer)
    Morais, Frederico, 1936-
    The well-known Brazilian art critic Frederico Morais comments on the atmosphere evident at the exhibition Como vai você, Geração 80?, which opened at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The article was published one month [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111355

  • Conceptuar la electrónica
    Guevara, Roberto, 1932-1998
    In this article, the critic Roberto Guevara discusses the origins and emergence of new languages in contemporary art, which he groups under the heading of “conceptual art.” He mentions a number of examples, such as happenings, installations, and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1080741

  • Contemporary Chicano and Latino art : experiences, sensibilities and intentions
    Mesa-Bains, Amalia
    This document is an essay by Amalia Mesa-Bains in which she argues in favor of developing a new critical language for the evaluation of Chicano and Latino art rooted in the formative experiences of the artists throughout the communities from which [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1083477

  • Cornelis Zitman
    Traba, Marta
    In this essay, Marta Traba presents a broad overview of contemporary sculpture. She bases her report on the writings of Werner Hoffmann, Gillo Dorfles, and Jean Clarence Lambert, who provide a breakdown of the various movements, trends, and artists [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1167924

  • Crise da crise? A resposta também pode ser nossa
    Pontual, Roberto, 1939-
    The art critic Roberto Pontual wrote this text for the exhibition 3x4 - Grandes Formatos organized in 1983 by the Centro Empresarial Rio. The essay’s confessional tone is nuanced by the author’s description of the driving spirit behind the works [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110986

  • Cristina Canale
    Machado, Milton, 1947-
    This article by artist Milton Machado discusses paintings by Cristina Canale. He observes that the origin of Canale’s work lies in a rationalization conducive to the construction of an imaginary cartography. Machado emphasizes the material power of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110942

  • Cultura audiovisual e arte contemporânea
    Ramos, José Mário Ortiz; Bueno, Maria Lucia
    This text analyzes the reorganization of cultural production, principally of an audiovisual and visual nature, in the context of globalization. Its authors examine the role of governmental policies in culture and the growing importance of culture in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111336

  • Da adversidade vivemos
    Cocchiarale, Fernando França
    Fernando Cocchiarale wrote a brief overview with some information he considered essential for an understanding of Brazilian art. The writer talks about its search to define itself—condensed in the concept of cultural cannibalism—and about [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110944

  • Da arte nacional brasileira para a arte brasileira internacional
    Chiarelli, Tadeu, 1956-
    Ever since the academic romanticism of the nineteenth century, Brazilian artists had longed to create a “national (Brazilian) art,” a goal that at times had hampered their creative development. The painters Giovanni Castagneto, Oswaldo [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1075144

  • Da dificuldade de forma à forma difícil
    Naves, Rodrigo, 1955-
    In this essay about Brazilian art, the critic Rodrigo Naves refers, first of all, to the formal timidity of the works produced in Brazil since the modernism of the 1920s. When compared with the modern art shown on the international circuit, which [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110448

  • Da dissolução do objeto ao vanguardismo brasileiro
    Pedrosa, Mário
    In this text, critic Mário Pedrosa asserts that contemporary artistic production must be understood in relation to notions like “plane” and “space” developed after the disintegration of naturalist vision, notions that operate in a more [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110435

  • Dance a noite inteira mas dance direito
    Machado, Milton, 1947-
    In this text, Milton Machado discusses the problematic status of art in Brazil and its equally problematic and complex systematization. He addresses how Brazilian art has been received abroad, clarifying that it is not a question of exporting [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110945

  • Daniel Senise
    Cocchiarale, Fernando França
    In a text about the work of Daniel Senise, critic Fernando Cocchiarale presents a reading of the retro tendency known as the “retorno à pintura” that took place in the eighties. Cocchiarale underscores the unique nature of the artist’s work. [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110946

  • De "Opinião-65" à 18ª Bienal
    Arantes, Otilia Beatriz Fiori
    Looking through the prism of her philosophical education, Otília Arantes explores the different approaches taken as a result of the Brazilian political situation⸺following the military coup d’etat that installed an iron-fisted [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110641

  • De Obregón a nuestro tiempo : el tiempo del arte contemporáneo en el caribe
    González Cueto, Danny, 1974-
    The article “De Obregón a nuestro tiempo: el tiempo del arte contemporáneo del Caribe colombiano”, written by the historian Danny González Cueto, was published in May 2007 in the “Notas de arte desde el Caribe” section in issue number [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1133852

  • Debate: fotografia
    Costa, Marcus de Lontra; Vasquez, Pedro; Barbosa, Sebastião; Bosco, João, 1946-; Garcia, Januario; Montenegro, Milton, 1954-; Rio Branco, Miguel; Gonçalves, Guy
    This text is a debate involving photographers Pedro Vásquez, Sebastião Barbosa, João Bosco, Januário Garcia, Milton Montenegro, Miguel Rio Branco, and Guy Gonçalves, organized by the magazine Módulo. In his presentation of the debate, critic [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110948

  • Demonología y arte
    Von Dangel, Miguel, 1946-
    In this [1986] article, Miguel von Dangel contemplates contemporary Venezuelan art, as he sees it in the evolution of Western art. He believes that there has been a certain arbitrariness and exhibitionism in contemporary art practices in Venezuela in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1102173

  • Desejo de servir = Serving desire
    Lagnado, Lisette, 1961-
    This is a review of the sculptural pieces that were produced by Sergio Romagnolo and shown at the 19th Bienal de São Paulo in 1987. In the author’s opinion the hybrid nature of Romagnolo’s three-dimensional works is one of their most outstanding [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111262

  • Desejos de compra = Buying wishes
    Romagnolo, Sérgio, 1957-
    In this text, Sérgio Romagnolo, who is associated with Brazilian art of the eighties, reveals the motivation for his work, which is mainly a fascination with consumerism and the deception it brings. He believes that his art encompasses not only the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111271

  • Desocupações de espaço
    Salzstein, Sônia
    Brazilian Sônia Salzstein discusses the contemporary concepts of “sculpture,” using the thinking of the US art historian Rosalind Krauss as a point of departure. Salzstein’s objective is to examine what distinguishes modern sculpture from [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111272

  • Dudas y creencias sobre el arte contemporáneo
    Miró Quesada Garland, Luis
    In this text, Luis Miró Quesada Garland responds to the letter from journalist Jorge Mejía published in El Comercio newspaper (Lima, August 20, 1950). Miró Quesada Garland rejects degree of representation as basis for artistic classification, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1138869

  • El Rabinovich un salón posthistórico
    Fernandez Uribe, Carlos Arturo
    This article documents the Colombian theoretician Carlos Arturo Fernández Uribe’s opinions concerning the importance of the role played by the salon of Arturo Rabinovich in the promotion of contemporary art in the city of Medellín [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1100574

  • El VII Salón Atenas : "Ya que estamos"
    Traba, Marta
    Written by Marta Traba and published in the magazine Arte en Colombia, “El VII Salón Atenas” is perhaps the harshest criticism of the Colombian salons held in November. Traba argues that despite belief to the contrary, the Salon Atenas has not [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1104875

  • Em busca do tempo
    Galvão, João Cândido
    João Cândido Galvão retrospectively analyzes Fernando Velloso’s work. The essay describes Velloso’s artistic career in the early 1970s and his work as a figurative artist before becoming interested in geometric abstraction. In the 1980s, he [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111279

  • Entre el cuerpo ausente y su saturación
    Cerón, Jaime, 1967-
    This essay by the critic Jaime Cerón appeared in the catalogue for the exhibition Ruven Afanador presented at Fotomuseo in 2002. Cerón divides his essay into three sections, as follows: i) “Entrada” [Entrance], in which he describes photography [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1133980

  • Entre o passado e o futuro = Between past and future
    Tassinari, Alberto
    This text by art critic Alberto Tassinari addresses the group Casa 7’s participation in the 1985 edition of the São Paulo Biennial. One of the characteristics of the group’s new strain of research is, according to Tassinari, the “arrangement [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111274

  • Entrevista: Thomas Cohn
    Lagnado, Lisette, 1961-; Cohn, Thomas
    This interview with art dealer Thomas Cohn took place on the occasion of the fifth anniversary celebration of the opening of his gallery in Rio de Janeiro. The background of those first five years is the pictorial axiology of the Geração 80, [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111322

  • Ernesto Neto
    Barros, Regina Teixeira de
    This text by art critic Regina Teixeira de Barros discusses the exhibition of work by Ernesto Neto held at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo in 1992. She observes a division in Neto’s recent production since as it furthers the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111398

  • Escultura plural
    Canongia, Ligia
    This text by art critic Ligia Canongia presents the exhibition Escultura Plural that she curated at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro in 1997. Canongia formulates a relationship between the notions of “plurality” and the “loss of [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110989

  • Espelhos e sombras
    Amaral, Aracy A., 1930-
    According to the curator Aracy Amaral, the works produced by the new generation of artists are very different from what was done during the previous decade, in the 1980s, a period that was defined by humor and a euphoric attempt to reinvigorate [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111060

  • Esquema del opinador en Artes Plásticas
    García Esteban, Fernando, 1917-1982
    The art critic Fernando García Esteban analyses the difference between an “opinion” on the Visual Arts and the qualified judgment that should be issued by the art critic. It reflects the enormous difference between the artistic ideals that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1227298

  • Estética e uma nova consciência ética
    Leirner, Sheila, 1948-
    In Sheila Leirner’s opinion, “reductive art” is an important factor in the moral compass of contemporary international artwork. In order to have its effect, the reductive approach would have to bring about a radical change in Brazilian art and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111366

  • Exorcizando o "Exoticado"
    Machado, Milton, 1947-
    Artist Milton Machado discusses the response abroad, specifically in England, to the group show Continuum Brazilian Art 1960s–1990s, held in Essex in 1995. Machado comments on the appeal of a certain “exoticism” attributed to [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110990

  • Explode Geração!
    Pontual, Roberto, 1939-
    In his book Explode[AB1]  Geração! the art critic Roberto Pontual discusses his thoughts on the emergence of the generation that produced an “explosion” of painting in Brazil in the 1980s. Pontual writes in a very personal style, in keeping [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110991

  • Exposição de Antonio Manuel (de zero às 24 horas nas bancas de jornais)
    Manuel, Antonio
    This text discusses the Antonio Manuel exhibition that took place within a publication of wide circulation instead of a museum or a gallery. The document “Exposição de Antonio Manuel (de las cero a las 24 horas en los estands de revistas)” [ [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1111096

  • Expressionismo vs. neo-expressionismo
    Guinle, Jorge, 1947-1987
    The young Brazilian painter Jorge Guinle discusses the painting produced by internationally recognized artists of the 1980s (such as Philip Guston, Julian Schnabel, and Enzo Cucchi, among others), and compares their work to the legacy of early [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110955

  • Face Value : video contemporáneo colombiano
    Roca, José Ignacio
    In this essay, José Ignacio Roca describes the theoretical guidelines he observed while curating Face Value (2002) and discusses the videos produced by nine contemporary Colombian artists that he included in his project for the Latin American [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1099516

  • Fernando Cocchiarale : agosto 1994
    Cocchiarale, Fernando França
    This text by Brazilian art critic Fernando Cocchiarale was written as the introduction to the exhibition Escultura Carioca, held at Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro in 1994. The author’s reflection begins with the question, “What is sculpture [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110952

  • Fotografia : Miguel Rio Branco : aproximações
    Coutinho, Wilson
    Art critic Wilson Coutinho weaves an analysis of the photographic work of Miguel Rio Branco, stating that the artist works with the idea of the “unproductive economy,” since his photographs focus on the economically marginalized sector of the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110964

  • From Latin American Art to Art from Latin America
    Mosquera, Gerardo
    Gerardo Mosquera considers the usefulness of the idea of Latin American art, ultimately taking a firm position against it as it has been understood up to now. He begins by describing Latin American culture’s “neurosis of identity” as the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1065622