Antonio de Dede'
Ratna Raghia Dushalda
Bane Huni Kui (Cleiber Pinheiro Sales)
Bane Huni Kui (Iran Pinheiro Sales)
Isaka Huni Kui (Menegildo Paulino)
Kixti Huni Kui ( Joao Sereno)
Mana Huni Kuĩ (Pedro Mácario)
Txanu Huni Kui ( José Edson Sales)
Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph
Jivya Soma Mashe
Isabel Mendes da Cunha
Ariel Kuaray Poty Ortega
Virgil Ortiz and the Ortiz family
Alcides Pereira dos Santos
Pili Pili Mulongoy
Aurelino dos Santos
Jangarh Singh Shyam
Cicero Jose' da Silva
Francisco da Silva
Jose' Antonio da Silva
Shantaram Chintya Tumbada
Show and Tell. The exhibition presents the works and narratives of over 40 painters, sculptors and filmmakers from around the world. It arose from a desire to explore the meaning of the terms 'naive', 'primitive' and 'self-taught' art, to meet artists who pursue paths outside the norm of conventional visual codes, and to examine the relationships between contemporary art and folk art, artist and artisan.
On view from May 15 to October 21, 2012, the exhibition Histoires de voir: Show and Tell presents the works and narratives of over 40 painters, sculptors and filmmakers from around the world. They are Brazilian, Indian, Congolese, as well as Haitian, Mexican, Danish, Japanese and American. They hail from the urban centers of Paris and Port-au-Prince, or the rural communities of the Amazon and Madya Pradesh. They emerged as artists and developed their talents in uncommon circumstances; they have often been considered as naïve artists and have rarely been invited to exhibit their works in contemporary art institutions.
From Another Angle
Show and Tell arose from a desire to explore the meaning of the terms “naïve” “primitive” and “self-taught” art, to meet artists who pursue paths outside the norm of conventional visual codes, and to examine the relationships between contemporary art and folk art, artist and artisan. This exhibition strives to free up the eye, to view from another angle, to give voice to artists and communities of artists who look upon the world with wonder. It is of and by women and men for whom art “has close ties with the hypersensitivity of the heart” and whose works are “living documents,” in the words of Alessandro Mendini, the Italian architect and designer who curated the exhibition.
The Artists’ Voice
Including over 400 works, accompanied by videos and texts that provide insight into the artist’s work, this exhibition reveals the many correspondences that exist between works emanating from different geographical regions, belief systems and cultures. Indeed, despite a great diversity of styles, they share many common features such as exuberance of color, distortion of scale and perspective, stylization of form. Equally dominant is the representation of animals and nature and the importance of the realm of dreams and the imaginary as a source of inspiration for the work. Show and Tell celebrates those who venture off the beaten track in search of new artistic approaches, suggesting that other forms of contemporary art are indeed possible. It is testimony to the creative power of artists for whom painting, filming, drawing, and sculpting are a way of understanding and experiencing the world.
Claudia Andujar, Gregorio Barrio, Valdir Benites, José Bezerra, Ciça, Mamadou Cissé, Ronaldo Costa, Antônio de Dedé, Chano Devi, Djilatendo,Ratna Raghia Dushalda, Barcilicio Gauto, Gregor, Bane Huni Kuĩ (Cleiber Pinheiro Sales), Bane Huni Kuĩ (Iran Pinheiro Sales), Isaka Huni Kuĩ (Menegildo Paulino), Kixtĩ Huni Kuĩ ( João Sereno), Mana Huni Kuĩ (Pedro Mácario), Txanu Huni Kuĩ ( José Edson Sales), Ilunga, Jean-Baptiste Jean Joseph, Joseca, Kalela, Kayembe, Mwenze Kibwanga, Takeshi Kitano, Albert Lubaki, Lukanga, Jivya Soma Mashe, Mbuya, Isabel Mendes da Cunha, Alessandro Mendini, Nino, Mercedes Noguera, Ariel Kuaray Poty Ortega, Virgil Ortiz and the Ortiz family (Dominic Ortiz, Dominique Ortiz, Guadalupe Ortiz, Janice Ortiz, Kyle Ortiz, Lisa Holt, Joyce Lewis, Harlan Reano), Alcides Pereira dos Santos, Pili Pili Mulongoy, Nilson Pimenta, Lucas Piragi, Salustiano Portillo, Sibrun Rosier, Aurelino dos Santos, Hans Scherfig, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Cícero José da Silva, Francisco da Silva, José Antonio da Silva, Dragiša Stanisavljević, Taniki, Neves Torres, Shantaram Chintya Tumbada, Véio, Tadanori Yokoo, Yumba
Immagine: Alessandro Mendini, Il Cavaliere di Dürer, 2011. Courtesy Fondazione Bisazza, Alte, Vicenza © Alessandro Mendini. Photo © Lorenzo Ceretta
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Opening: Tuesday 15 2012, 11–8pm
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