São Paulo

Leda Catunda

Estação Pinacoteca/Galeria Fortes Vilaça

Leda Catunda’s retrospective exhibition at Estação Pinacoteca, with seventy-three works dating from 1983 to 2008, coincided with the premiere of a new installation at Galeria Fortes Vilaça. Emerging in the 1980s, Catunda participated in the return to painting and personal expression after a decade of experimental procedures linked to Conceptual art and institutional critique—but in a distinctive manner, painting on fabrics such as towels, sheets, clothing, plastics, and leather, often incorporating ready-made prints into the finished paintings as active parts of a commentary on domesticity.

Initially, Catunda’s paintings had a narrative character. She used simple images such as a lake, a small house, or a spotted jaguar, which already existed as images printed on blankets, for example. One early work, Vedação em quadrinhos (Enclosure on Comics), 1983, is a printed fabric that Catunda merely

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