Fire Destroys 90% of Helio Oiticica’s Works

October 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

Brazilians are mourning the loss of almost 2,000 works of Helio Oiticica, on a fire last night in Rio de Janeiro. The works were estimated in US$ 200 million.

Born in Rio in 1937, Hélio Oiticica came to be regarded as one of the most revolutionary artists of the country for its innovative and experimental work. Oiticica was a founder in 1959 of the Neoconcreto movement along with names such as Amilcar de Castro, Lygia Clark and Franz Weissmann. His work “Tropicalia” was one of the main inspirations of the Tropicalia movement.
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Caetano Veloso, Brazilian singer and composer, wears one of Oitcica’s ‘Parangoles’

Mario Cravo Neto (1947 – 2009)

August 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

Mario Cravo Neto, Lord of the Head
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Mario Cravo Neto, Brazilian photographer, died last Sunday at 62. His work has a strong religious content and he was a master in showing the human body both powerful and fragile. I am sad -his work never failed to touch me. Spiritual, mystical, erotic, his images composed a beautiful portrait of the people of his region, Bahia.

He didn’t have a website, but artnet is a good source for images.

The Void

November 18, 2008 § 1 Comment

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The 28th edition of the São Paulo Bienal (until December 6th), curated by Ivo Mesquita and Ana Paula Cohen, has an entire floor of its beautiful modern building completely empty – “The Void”. It’s an atempt to provoke ideas and make a statement about art (or the lack of it). It is also a way of going around the Fundação Bienal lack of resources while discussing the general crisis in art biennials as major fast-forward art shows. Besides the emptyness, the other two floors show interactive artworks and videos meant to raise discussion about the role of biennials in the era of globalization.
Update: Read this from today’s (Nov 19) The Art Newspaper.

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