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16/11/2012 | Art Ref | 16 November 2012 - JÚLIO MARTINS DA SILVA | A GIFT-WRAPPED WORLD

Who is the artist? Julio Martins da Silva. What shall there be at the exhibition? Paintings. How many works shall be shown? 19. Until when? 19 December. For the last exhibition of the year, the Estação Art Gallery presents the works of Júlio Martins da Silva (1893, Icaraí - RJ / 1978, Rio de Janeiro - RJ), an artist who is almost forgotten but is very important for Brazilian popular art. Apart from participating in the Biennial Exhibition in Venice in 1978, that same year he was the subject of the film ”What I am seeing, you cannot see”, produced by Carlos Augusto Calil, a professor at ECA-USP and who is now the Municipal Secretary for Culture in São Paulo. Now, his work has been duly and deservedly recognised through the eyes of Paulo Pasta, the curator of this exhibition with 19 works of the collection of this gallery. Júlio Martins da Silva, a belated painter, started to use oil paintings only after his definite retirement. He was very interested in nature, and particularly in landscapes. His pictures, always showing an organised scene, with light touches of the paintbrush, in calm and harmonious colours, are in counterposition to a life beset with difficulties. “This contrast between a life full of adversities and shortages and a production where this does not appear, or better, where the opposite of this condition is developed, as I have already tried to state, amounts to one of the main contradictions present in the work of Júlio Martins da Silva”, the curator says. According to Paulo Pasta, the landscapes of this artist have highly specific characteristics, closer to imagination than to reality. The curator also mentions, as rarely seen in his works, the representation of a wild form of nature, with rules, and forests, when they appear, are also shown in mild and ordered fashion. “I believe that the real archetype of his landscapes is the garden, where Júlio Martins da Silva seems to find his perfect theme”, he completes. About the Artist: A grandson of African slaves and the son of illiterate parents, Júlio Martins da Silva was born in upstate Rio de Janeiro and started to work as a very early age to survive. At the age of 17, having lost both his parents, he relocated permanently to the city of Rio de Janeiro, where he was a cook and also a manual worker. Despite his difficult economic situation he always sought to complete his literacy studies, mainly so he could read the works of his favourite poets, Castro Alves and Casimiro de Abreu. He was also a great lover of the arts. As well as drawing with crayons, a skill which he acquired at an early age, he also liked serenading, and would go to the cinema and to the theatre whenever possible. According to Lélia Coelho Frota in her Small Dictionary of Art of the Brazilian People, this artist had several individual exhibitions in art galleries both in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, these including the exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts, in Rio de Janeiro, 1975; his participation in the Biennial Exhibition in Venice, in 1978; an individual exhibition in Washington, D.C. in 1984, and also an individual exhibition at the Paulo Vasconcellos Gallery in São Paulo, in 1989. Transcourses - By Aline van Langendonck. Together with the exhibition by Júlio Martins da Silva, there is also, on the 1st floor of the gallery, the exhibition by Aline van Langendonck, an artist who participated in the Artistic Residence programme of the Acaia Studio in 2012, with the support of the Estação Gallery. Under the curatorship of Tiago Mesquita, the Transcourses exhibition brings together a set of work about the possibilities of relationships between categorisations during movements through space. The exhibition shows the Rio Grande video, which was filmed in the CPTM commuter train lines, in São Paulo; a series of monotypes in which a black strip composes space in different ways, as well as suggesting a division of images in sequence with a break of linearity; notebooks that investigate variations in shapes of common objects; wooden objects installed between the beam of the exhibition room; as well as documentation of the process of research and work related to the residence period at the studios of the Acaia Institute. Exhibition: JÚLIO MARTINS DA SILVA. Opening on 13 November at 7 p.m. (guests). Runs until 19 December 2012, from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admittance Free. Estação Art Gallery, Rua Ferreira de Araújo 625 – Pinheiros SP, telephone 0xx11 3813-7253. Source: http://arteref.com/pintura/julio-martins-da-silva-um-mundo-embrulhado-para-presente/




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