17/12/2012 | Veja São Paulo | 31 March 2010 – Artur Pereira Exhibition | By Jonas Lopes

Abstract by Jonas Lopes. Born in Cachoeira do Brumado, a small district of Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, with a strong tradition of handicrafts, Artur Pereira (1920 – 2003) managed to stand out and break through the limits set by naïve art. Admired by famous collectors, including art gallery owner Vilma Eid and banker Fernão Bracher, the production of this former rural worker is the subject of an exhibition showing seventeen sculptures at the Moreira Salles Institute. One of the main factors that has made this artist become popular was his friendship with the brilliant concretist sculptor Amílcar de Castro (1920-2002), also from Minas Gerais, to whom he sold some of his works. “Amilcar joked and said that Artur was better than him”, says critic Rodrigo Naves, organiser of the exhibition. Straight away, the works by self-learner Artur Pereira call attention for their simplicity – only apparent – and also for the saving of resources in the sculpture carved in wood. Some animals, like armadillos and toucans, are recognisable, while others mix characteristics of several different species. “It was this attempt not to mimic realism that attracted Picasso, Matisse and Giacometti so intensely to primitive art”, says Naves. In the opinion of the art critic, indeed, this is a good time to do away with the separations between popular and erudite art and deal with all artists in the same way. “There is no longer any point in making this dissociation, as history has given us several examples of the importance of primitivist elements”, he argues. “We just need to think about the influence of Henri Rousseau and the African masks of the Young Ladies of Avignon, by Picasso”. From 31 March to 30 May 2010. Source:

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