previews

  • Hudinilson Jr., untitled, 1979, woodcut on paper, sheet 8 5⁄8 × 11 3⁄4".

    Hudinilson Jr., untitled, 1979, woodcut on paper, sheet 8 5⁄8 × 11 3⁄4".

    “Hudinilson Jr.: Explicit"

    Pinacoteca do Estado / Estação Pinacoteca
    Praça da Luz, 2
    March 15–August 17, 2020

    Curated by Ana Maria Maia

    In 1980, at the height of Brazil’s repressive military regime, Hudinilson Urbano Jr. became infamous for scanning his own naked body on a photocopier on the premises of Pinacoteca de São Paulo. His flirtations with the machine, which had begun in the 1970s, brought new force to the task of making the personal political, which he also took up in his remarkable, densely collaged diaries. Early in his career, the artist worked for a television station and as a postal worker; the two jobs possibly prompted his pioneering approach to disseminating work via the mail, graffiti, billboards, and provocative street actions with Mario Ramiro and Rafael França (as the collaborative group 3Nós3). He passed away in 2013, too soon to see this major survey in Brazil, which will return his Xerox experiments to the site of their production. The museum will present roughly sixty works in varying media, including drawings and prints, to take the measure of his dynamic queer oeuvre.

  • GEGO

    MASP - Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand
    Avenida Paulista, 1578
    December 13, 2019–March 1, 2020

    Curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Julieta González, and Tanya Barson

    Born in Germany in 1912, Gego (née Gertrud Goldschmidt) was forced into exile in 1939 and lived in Venezuela until her death, in 1994. Though she explored many media—installations, drawings, weavings, prints, sculptures, and more—she is best known for her intricate networks of metal rods and wires, simultaneously delicate and strong and ranging in scale from modest to room-size. This retrospective of more than 150 pieces sets out to cover her output of the 1940s to the ’90s in all its variety. I would expect the curators to make maximum use of MASP’s enormous open exhibition hall, designed by Lina Bo Bardi, to dramatize the work of this great orchestrator of space. Travels to Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Tate Modern, London.