Brazilian Neoconcretism at Chelsea Gallery


Lygia Clark Bicho, 1960/1984, Steel 19 5/8 x 17 11/16 inches (50 x 45 cm) Credit line: © O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy of the artist, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, and Luhring Augustine, New York Photo: Michael Brzezinski


The Luhring Augustine Gallery, in Chelsea, will inaugurate this Saturday, June 27th, a sculpture exhibition called “Empty House” or “Casa Vazia”, featuring a cross-generational group of Brazilian artists – from founding members of Neoconcretism, to contemporary figures whose works engage the legacy of the movement, which dates back to the late 1950’s.

This vanguard style was created by a group of young artists in Rio de Janeiro as a reaction to the technical and scientific tendencies of Concretism. They called for greater creativity and sensuality in geometric abstract works. Some pieces even required the viewer’s physical participation, such as the series “Bichos”, Lygia Clark’s masterpiece, comprising various metallic sculptures. One work of the series “Bichos” is on view at  “Empty House” (picture above),  as well as pieces by other chief members of the movement in the early years, such as Waltercio Caldas, Tunga and Helio Oiticica.

But, according to the Brazilian artist and art specialist Cecilia André , who lives in New York, the exhibition is unique in its attempt to show that Neoconcretism inspires and informs the Brazilian art establishment until today. Therefore, “Empty House” gives the public a chance to connect with the work of young, contemporary artists, such as Fernanda Gomes, Paulo Monteiro and Adriano Costa (pictures below).


Fernanda Gomes Untitled, 2011 Wood and paint 76 3/8 x 35 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches (194 x 90 x 4.5 cm) Feenanda Gomes; Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, and Luhring Augustine, New York


Paulo Monteiro, Bananada, 2011, Bronze 1 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (3.5 x 16 x 7 cm) Paulo Monteiro; Courtesy of the artist, Mendes Wood DM, and Luhring Augustine, New York


Adriano Costa, Norwegian Cheese 2, 2014, steel 1.5 x 597.4 x 647.2 cm Adriano Costa; Courtesy of the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, London, and Luhring Augustine, New York

Where: Luhring Augustine Gallery – 531 West 24th Street, New York, NY, 10011, Tel. (212) 206-9100, Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-6PM

When: Jun 27 – Aug 28, 2015

* The exhibition includes works by Waltercio Caldas, Lygia Clark, Raymundo Collares, Adriano Costa, Alexandre da Cunha, Amílcar de Castro, Willys de Castro, Antonio Dias, Marcius Galan, Fernanda Gomes, Jac Leirner, Rodrigo Matheus, Paulo Monteiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Tunga, and Erika Verzutti.


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