São Paulo

Tunga

Galeria Luisa Strina

Tunga presents a model of subjectivity and of the body that is radically different from that found in the contemporary art to which we have become accustomed (at least the North American version). There is nothing extraordinary in such an affirmation given the art produced in Brazil since the ’50s, a period during which the attempt to reconceptualize subjectivity and the body played a central role in artistic production. Specifically, Tunga’s work is like a series of baroque scenes in which the subject is in a permanent state of decomposition and reconstruction, a far cry from the rigid subjectivity described by many as characteristic of European Modernism.

With these works, Tunga presents a new chapter in the fertile narrative he has built around his exploration of the subject. The seven bronze pieces shown at Luisa Strina were each made up of three independent yet interrelated parts; at

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 1994 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.