• Oswaldo Goeldi, Briga de Rua (Street Fight), 1926, woodcut print, 5 1/2 x 8".

    Oswaldo Goeldi

    Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM)
    Parque Ibirapuera gate 3 - s/nº
    June 14–August 19, 2012

    Curated by Lani Goeldi and Paulo Venancio Filho

    A key figure of prewar Brazilian modernism who participated in São Paulo’s pivotal Semana de Arte Moderna festival in 1922, Oswaldo Goeldi is known for wood engravings that adapted the rough draftsmanship and haunted street scenes of German Expressionism (which he experienced as a young adult in Switzerland) to depict an urban Brazil in flux. Unlike his better-known contemporary Tarsila do Amaral, who conjured brightly lit tropicalist paintings, Goeldi favored restrained accents of rarely more than a single color submerged in black; his subjects appear anxious and downtrodden in their claustrophobic surroundings. Showcasing nearly 150 works, MAM’s retrospective will emphasize the artist’s print production between the late 1920s and his death in 1961, supplemented by ephemera—book and newspaper illustrations, letters, and photographs—as well as the artist’s press and even his studio, here reconstructed.