São Paulo: Imprensa Oficial do Estado de São Paulo; Museu Lasar Segall, 2013. b/w and color plates, ports., facs., bibliographical references, cat., color pict. wrps. OCLC: 858700669. Item #102475
Exhibition was awarded the "Governador do Estado para a Cultura" prize. "Eye Exercises" comprises 37 works by 32 artists, from different periods and trends in the history of Brazilian art. The exhibition features paintings, prints and drawings belonging to private collections and holdings of museums in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Curator, art historian and former Director of the Pinacoteca Aracy Amaral selected works from the late 19th century to contemporary times with emphasis on works from the modernist period, always focusing on the unusual theme of the back of the human figure. "This focus angle - the omission of the front figure - forces the viewer to find out what is on the other side". The catalogue spans from the academic and Classic approach of Rodolfo Amoedo and Eliseu Visconti and their figures close to sensuality to the arrival of modernism and includes art by cubists Candido Portinari and Vicente do Rego Monteiro, expressionists Oswaldo Goeldi and Lasar Segall and futurist Anita Malfatti. Only one photograph is part of this collection, as a differentiated counterpoint for its visual impact, taken by Saul Nicolai (1992), "Inside ourself" (2011), the back of young man facing the dense and compact urban landscape of Rio de Janeiro. Published on the occasion of the exhibition held July 14 to October 21st., 2012 at the Museu Lasar Segall in Sao Paulo. Contents: Apresentação. Figuras de costas / Jorge Schwartz -- Exercícios de olhar / Aracy Amaral -- Artistas -- De costas em uma tradição figurativa / André Toral -- A síndrome de Eurícide / Jean-Claude Bernadet.