São Paulo: Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, MASP, 2018. b/w and color plates,facs., port., bio/chron., cat., color pict. fldg. wrps., plus one sheet, loose as issued. Item #112864
Catalog of the exhibition "Rubem Valentim: Construções afro-atlânticas (Afro-Atlantic Constructions) held at Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), November 14, 2018 -- March 10, 2019. Construções afro-atlânticas [Afro-Atlantic Constructions] reproduces 99 artworks by the painter, sculptor and engraver Rubem Valentim's (Salvador, Brazil, 1922 - São Paulo, Brazil, 1991), a key figure in 20th century Brazilian art and Afro-Atlantic histories. From the 1950's onward, Valentim incorporated the language of geometric abstraction to create complex compositions that redesigned and reconfigured Afro-Atlantic symbols, emblems and references. In this process, Valentim transformed the European artistic languages that dominated most of the art production in Brazil and worldwide during the 1950-60s (geometric abstraction, constructivism and concretism), blending them with African references, mostly through drawings and diagrams representing the deities of Afro-Brazilian religions-known as orishas-such as Shango's double-edged axe, Oshoosi's arrow and Osanyin's rods. CONTENTS: Foreword / Itaú Cultural -- Rubem Valentim at MASP / Adriano Pedrosa -- Art, politics and construction in Rubem Valentim / Fernando Oliva -- Transatlantic constructions: Rubem Valentim and African art at the British Museum, 1964-66 / Abigail Lapin Dardashti -- Albeit late, but in the eve -Rubem Valentim and time / Roberto Conduru -- The return and confirmation of Rubem Valentim / Lisette Lagnada -- Rubem Valentim: art as synthesis / Hélio Menezes and Lila Moritz Schwarcz -- Rubem Valentim and the Afro-Atlantic ethos / Renata Bittencourt -- The crossroads of Rubem Valentim / Marta Mestre -- Rubem Valentim / Giulio Carlo Argan, 1966 -- The contemporaneity of Rubem Valentim / Mario Pedrosa, 1967 -- The rhythm of rite of the super-semiotic art of Rubem Valentim / José Guilherme Merquior, 1974 -- The pioneering of Rubem Valentim in Brazilian semiotic art / Clarival do Prado Valladares, 1975 -- O Manifesto, albeit late / Ruben Valentin, 1976 -- Rubem Valentim / Roberto Pontual, 1977 -- Statement to Bené Fonteles, 1989-90 -- "He did not separate ethics from art" A conversation with Bené Fonteles about Rubem Valentim / Fernando Oliva.