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View of “Ricardo Alcaide,” 2014.

Ricardo Alcaide

Baró Galeria

View of “Ricardo Alcaide,” 2014.

On entering Ricardo Alcaide’s solo show “Settlements,”I was struck by a sense of déjà vu. As my eyes scanned the large industrial warehouse where it was installed, I saw bare walls and a floor dotted with dozens of groupings of discarded materials—cloth, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, pieces of wood, and so on. In downtown São Paulo, it’s not unusual to come across similar objects piled on the sidewalk. Here, some were also placed on freestanding steel shelves used to bisect the space and hold some of the smaller artworks; the shelves were installed diagonally across from the entrance in the middle of the room.

The Venezuelan-born Alcaide lives and works in São Paulo, creating art that is inspired by urban architecture, its inhabitants, and social issues. In the past, working primarily as a photographer, he made series such as “The Sitters,” 2002–2007, for which he invited

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