Tobi Maier

  • Emiliano Di Cavalcanti

    This show of Emiliano Di Cavalcanti’s work made for an eye-opening complement to the current Tarsila do Amaral exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Both artists helped forge what would become known as Brazilian modernism. But if Amaral painted the tropical landscape and its exuberant vegetation, Di Cavalcanti (1897–1976) was interested in portraying samba and carnival, the female figure (often in groups) in the urban periphery, and the coastline with its fishermen. A member of the Brazilian Communist party, the artist was imprisoned twice for his political convictions, once during

  • Roberto Winter

    Roberto Winter’s latest show, “Default,” took as its point of departure A role play, 2017, his new film work serialized over five weeks on the website In it, the character Joaquim K. claims to have assassinated the US president on June 28, 2017. Appropriating news footage; content from websites such as XVideos and LiveLeak, video games, corporate animations, and social media; and shots of São Paulo street scenes filmed from the artist’s studio window, Winter wove together a mockumentary on the legitimacy of violence as a form of political participation. Evoking Rupert Sanders’s Ghost

  • picks May 26, 2017

    Guilherme Vaz

    With Hélio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles, and Artur Barrio, the artist and composer Guilherme Vaz was among the four Brazilian participants in Kynaston McShine’s 1970 “Information” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A retrospective of Vaz’s work took place last year at Rio de Janeiro’s CCBB, and this venue hosts another iteration of the show. It opens with two films for which Vaz created the sound track. One, Fome de Amor (1968), is a Nelson Pereira dos Santos–directed Nouvelle Vague–era work shot in Angra dos Reis and New York, and widely considered the first Brazilian film to

  • Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

    In recent months, South Korea has seen manifold protests against President Park Geun-hye, who has been accused of mounting a bribery scheme involving her long-term friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil. The president has been impeached, and now, in fact, removed from office, yet protests continue in public squares and avenues in central Seoul. One camp will not stop rallying until Park is jailed; the other defends her, South Korean and US flags in hand, fearful of a repeated invasion from North Korea. As the crisis unfolds, high-level executives from several big corporations are under scrutiny.

  • Tobias Putrih

    At first sight, “Compressões,” (Compressions), the first solo exhibition in Brazil by Boston-based Slovene artist Tobias Putrih, seemed to pay homage to the gallery’s own iconic town house, designed by Rino Levi and completed in 1959. The show featured thirteen suspended screens made from cardboard, plywood, metal, wooden clothespins, and elastic. Hung adjacent to a central pergola that created a setting for conversation, they coexisted gracefully with a beige-tiled open fireplace and a tropical garden designed by Roberto Burle Marx. The screens’ formal appearance echoed the conjunctions of

  • Hudinilson Jr.

    “Zone of Tension” was the first institutional retrospective of Hudinilson Jr.’s work, and follows his untimely passing in 2013 at the age of fifty-six. It was only appropriate that the exhibition take place at the multipurpose Centro Cultural São Paulo; situated close to the artist’s former studio/apartment, the center was a regular stop on his walks through the city, and he donated many works to it over the years. Indeed, the exhibition drew works largely from the center’s collections, as well as from the holdings of the artist’s family, and it was organized by the Centro Cultural’s visual arts

  • Cibelle Cavalli Bastos

    Cibelle Cavalli Bastos’s first solo exhibition in São Paulo, “Mil Maneiras de Matar um Monstro” (A Thousand Ways to Kill a Monster), opened the night before the world’s largest LGBT parade took place in the same city. Appropriately enough, it embodied the London-based Brazilian artist’s farewell to old-fashioned gender and identity conventions.

    Cavalli is a musician as well as an artist; hers was the main voice on the acclaimed 1999 album São Paulo Confessions by Suba (Mitar Subotić)—she was just twenty-one at the time it was recorded—and she has since released several albums under the

  • Laercio Redondo

    O que acaba todos os dias” (What Ends Every Day) is the first comprehensive museum exhibition dedicated to the Brazilian artist Laercio Redondo. The show, which travels to Dallas Contemporary in September, brings together works created between 1998 and 2015, all jam-packed with references to the history of art and architecture, both Brazilian and foreign. In Rio, the exhibition was framed by a pair of curtains, a blue-gray-yellow Neo-concrete geometric abstraction, made in collaboration with exhibition designer Birger Lipinski. Upon entering, the viewer encountered a slanted board, covered in

  • Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

    Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s exhibition “Kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name” took its cue from a particular area near Rio de Janeiro, the city where he has been based since 2004. Divided among three spaces, two lens-based works focus our attention on the tropical plant world in the Brazilian rain forest. These works are interspersed with five silk-screened and painted wall texts derived from the words of Stela do Patrocínio (1941–97), a patient who was interned for some twenty-six years at Colônia Juliano Moreira psychiatric clinic outside Rio.

    On entering the gallery, the

  • “Resistance Performed: Aesthetic Strategies Under Repressive Systems in Latin America”

    In 1979, at the height of Brazil’s military dictatorship, the artist group 3nós3 (Mario Ramiro, Hudinilson Jr., and Rafael França) surreptitiously slipped plastic bags over several monuments throughout São Paulo. Around the same time, Chile’s Colectivo Acciones de Arte challenged the Pinochet regime with theatrical interventions in the streets. In Heike Munder’s survey of subversive artistic actions in Latin America, these and other episodes staged by figures such as León Ferrari, Anna Bella Geiger, and Marta Minujín are put in dialogue with works by contemporary artists

  • performance May 29, 2014

    A Life in the Theater

    SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1958, Teatro Oficina has been the touchstone for avant-garde theater in Brazil. Originally conceived and still led by legendary actor-director José Celso Martinez Corrêa—aka Zé Celso—Teatro Oficina is housed in downtown São Paulo in a heritage-listed building designed by architects Lina Bo Bardi and Edson Elito. Directly engaging the ideology and rhetoric of the military dictatorship during its reign while exemplifying the “anthropophagic” strategies propagated by the Brazilian artistic movement known as Tropicália, the group continues to be one of the stalwart critical

  • picks April 15, 2014

    Hudinilson Jr.

    While experimenting with graffiti in the late 1970s, the São Paulo–based artist Hudinilson Jr. founded the collective 3NÓS3 with Mario Ramiro and Rafael França. They collaborated on a series of urban interventions, obscuring monuments with bags and obstructing street crossings with tape during the height of the military dictatorship. Marginalized in the Brazilian art world for decades and now rediscovered (with a simultaneous focus on his work in the current edition of the Glasgow International), Hudinilson Jr. passed away in August 2013. This exhibition, the first solo presentation of his work

  • picks April 02, 2014

    Tino Sehgal

    Tino Sehgal’s debut and simultaneous exhibitions in Brazil (at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro and at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo) transpire within the historical, social, and political contexts of this country's legacy of relational actions, structures, and objects, and underscore the importance of human interaction with an art museum. As one enters the show—the artist has requested no documentation—two uniformed guards perform Sehgal’s This Is New, 2003, in which they whisper headlines from the day’s local papers while scanning barcodes on entrance tickets. On the