Aldemir Martins
Aldemir Martins. Photo: Chico Albuquerque

Through the presentation of sketches, study notebooks, drawings on paper and a painting-drawing in India ink on canvas, Aldemir at home brings a celebration of the design of Aldemir Martins, who in 1956 received the top prize at the Venice Biennale and great international recognition. On display until January 20 at Choque Cultural, in São Paulo, the show brings together works that mostly date from 1948 to 1968, among them the first sketches of cats, a notebook from the time the artist lived in Rome, portraits of his wife, Cora, at home , and a wall with seven drawings that make up a chronological line of the daughter, Mariana Pabst Martins — who is responsible for curating the exhibition.  

“Through a very personal choice of the drawings present in this exhibition, I wanted to illuminate the personality of my father's work, expressed in the precision and fluidity of the gesture, in the intimacy with the pen and the brush, in the rigor of the thought and in the pleasure of the line. ”, explains Mariana. As the title suggests, Aldemir at home addresses the artist's work in a context of intimacy. 

“My father drew every day, all the time, in the bedroom or in the living room, talking with friends or quiet in his personal silence. The image of him drawing is accompanied by the noise of the pen scratching the paper and the smell of India ink. The elegant and fluid gesture that resulted in a long, curved stroke coexisted with the harshness of the quick hatches vigorously traced”, shares Mariana Pabst Martins.

Martins sought to place side by side the gestural nuances that he can observe daily with Aldemir Martins at home. Thus, the main core of the show brings the exercise of drawing in the most diverse approaches, whether in works of complex and dense elaboration, or in minimal drawings with very few strokes. “I did not distinguish sketches, scribbles, studies or drawings that were apparently better finished: for Aldemir there was no hierarchy between the drawings made on the paper that covered the work table and those produced on 100% cotton paper or on a hammered Schoeller: both were worthy of being well framed and exposed”, he explains. 


Aldemir at home
Cultural Shock: Alameda Sarutaiá, 206 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo (SP)
On display until January 20th. The gallery will be closed from the 23rd of December to the 10th of January
Visitation from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 18 pm

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