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Geraldo de Barros, Untitled, ca. 1996–98, gelatin silver print, 4 1/4 x 6 1/4". From the series “Sobras” (Remains), 1996–98.

Geraldo de Barros

The Photographers' Gallery

Geraldo de Barros, Untitled, ca. 1996–98, gelatin silver print, 4 1/4 x 6 1/4". From the series “Sobras” (Remains), 1996–98.

Brazilian artist Geraldo de Barros’s first UK show, “What Remains,” is a beautiful and tightly focused exhibition curated by Isobel Whitelegg of Nottingham Contemporary and Karen McQuaid of the Photographers’ Gallery. One of Brazil’s pioneering avant-gardists, de Barros rose to prominence in the 1950s. He interrogated and tested various models of abstraction and figuration across a very diverse body of work, beginning his career as a painter before moving into photography in the late ’40s. The exhibition focuses on two discrete but interrelated series of photographs, the “Fotoformas” of 1949–51 and the much later “Sobras” (Remains), made between 1996 and 1998, the year de Barros died. The pairing of the two series shows de Barros’s early engagement with the European avant-gardes (he spent time in Paris) while asserting his contemporaneity as an artist still relevant to our thinking

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