Los Angeles

Nicolau Vergueiro

Golinko Kordansky Gallery

WOW! É PRECISO ESTAR ATENTO E FORTE, NÃO TENHO TEMPO DE TEMER A MORTE. ATENÇÃO!! (Wow! You ought to be cautious and strong, don’t have the time to fear death. Attention!!) So proclaims the stenciled text—fundamental tropicália, sung by Gal Costa on her first solo LP—forming the border of the drawing Divino Maravilhoso (all works 2003). Marvelous indeed, cautious but fearless, Los Angeles–based Brazilian artist Nicolau Vergueiro’s lively and complex work literalizes and materializes his musical interests to the point where they become a nonthematic structural foun- dation. It’s not just tropicalismo and its key figures (Costa, Baby Consuelo, Maria Bethania, Rita Lee, and Caetano Veloso) that make Vergueiro’s work matter: This artist uses it to syncopate the “beat” of such disparate figures as Claes Oldenburg, Yayoi Kusama, Hélio Oiticica, and Paul Thek (trope-calismo?).

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