The visual arts are a broad area that extends far beyond the historically legitimized greats. Among figures previously reduced to naive, painters who focus on everyday scenarios and people from Brazil still rarely seen, there are trajectories and works that some critics and researchers have sought to hear and document in recent times. THE arte!brasileiros prepared a list of recently released books that focus on the careers and lives of five different artists in the country.
Between three and five thousand paintings: this is the estimated body of works by Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato. Despite the diverse themes and iconography, the dialogue with the biography of the miner and his relationship with the landscape of Belo Horizonte run through the artist's entire trajectory. Organized by the curator and art critic Rodrigo Moura, the new bilingual publication by Ubu Editora brings together Lorenzato's main works and highlights how his experience as a painter-decorator led him to create an original pictorial technique. This is noticeable when we read how the wall decoration instruments were adapted and used in his paintings; or when we know that the sensation of movement present in his works is the result of the fusion of colors and textures obtained by scraping the paint over the canvas repeatedly with a comb. In the book, we delve into the trajectory of an artist who for many years was limited to a small circle of admirers and was considered primitive and naive, but who has been conquering new audiences in the last twenty years, consolidating his place among modern Brazilian artists. Find out more on the Ubu Editora website.
Silva: a genius in the Orandi Momesso Collection
Silva is also one of the artists often categorized as naive. Painter, sculptor, writer and self-taught artist, he was born on a farm in Sales Oliveira, in the interior of São Paulo. In São José do Rio Preto, he was responsible for the foundation of the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (1966), together with the library of that city, and later helped in the creation of the Museum of Primitivist Art “José Antônio da Silva” (1980) . He became an important reference in Brazilian artistic production, drawing attention to issues that remain current, such as fires, the relationship with nature and the environment. Organized from the collection of Orandi Momesso – who for about 50 years has been cultivating a view of Brazilian artistic production – the Via Impressa Edições de Artes book presents 70 works from the extensive production of José Antônio da Silva and an extensive research work. , which includes unpublished documentation made available by the artist's family. The book includes texts by the art historian Ana Paula Nascimento, by the poet Augusto de Campos, by Olívio Tavares de Araújo – responsible for curating the largest exhibition by Silva, held at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo in 1998 -, by the artist Paulo Pasta, by the critic artist Paulo Venancio Filho and collector Orandi Momesso.
Art by a thread: Arthur Bispo do Rosário
Arthur Bispo do Rosário suffered several orders of exclusion: ethnicity, origin, clinical condition and social position. In this volume, artist and Doctor in Social Psychology Solange de Oliveira presents a new study on the Sergipe artist who remained in a psychiatric asylum for nearly 50 years of his life. “The intra-world experience of Arthur Bispo do Rosário unfolded between the traditions of his
hometown and the improvised sociability of Rio de Janeiro, respectively, the memory
of origin and the memory of destiny”, writes the author. The book seeks to circumscribe the instances of intuition, memory, existential condition and the way in which the production of Bispo do Rosário – an artistically illiterate creator – is constituted and to provide a dive into the history of the artist, who “profess an embroidered prayer in memory of his Japaratuba Natal, rustic Catholicism, artisanal traditions and popular Sergipe revelries, of an abolitionist Brazil”, as the editor Estação Liberdade proposes in the introductory text.
Lucia Laguna paints from the surroundings of the suburb where she lives – the neighborhood of Rocha, in Rio de Janeiro. The artist operates a collage of references that span the history of art, the garden of her studio and an extensive view of the city. “Between figuration and abstraction, the paintings gathered in this book whisper the disordered insistence of life from flowers, leaves and branches against urban lines: the train line, the sea line, the Red Line, the Yellow Line. , Avenida Brasil', explains the release. Published by publisher Cobogó in 2022, the book Lucia Lagoon provides an overview of the artist's career in a bilingual edition. Organized by curator Marcelo Campos, the publication has three unpublished texts: The open windows artist, in which the writer and historian Luiz Antonio Simas discusses the Rocha neighborhood and the influence of the suburbs on Laguna's work; In search of the Lagoon Garden, written by the curator Diane Lima, focuses on the artist's relationship with the great masters of painting, as well as with her own garden; and Crossing banal worlds, an essay in which Marcelo Campos articulates fundamental elements to understand the painter's work, such as observation of everyday life, the influence of the city's geography, method, discipline and references to the history of art. Learn more.
Soap Dispensers: Ana Elisa Egreja
Soap dishes came out of the architecture and affective imagination of Ana Elisa Egreja, materializing in the artist's canvases. From the screens, the pages of the bilingual book won Soap Dispensers, released by Act. Publisher, in partnership with Galeria Leme. “Painting bathrooms and soap dishes was already part of my job. What I did was to zoom in on a detail that was already present in my interior painting”, explains Egreja. Materials and textures are part of the identity of the works they seek, portraying elements seen as banal, transporting memories and places of affection associated with the domestic environment. “I found in this microcosm a capacity as potent as in a broader painting. That's what I felt when I painted the first soap dish”, declares the artist. There are 31 soap dishes printed on the pages of the publication, which has four cover options, a preface by Jac Leirner, a poem by Carola Saavedra, a critical text by Ann Gallagher, an edition by Marina Dias Teixeira and organized by Fernando Ticoulat and João Paulo Siqueira Lopes.