Picks 365: Tiago Mesquita

12 Jul 2019, 10:31 am

SP-Arte 365 is a platform that connects galleries with art and design lovers. Much as a digital showroom, the user can browse through artists and favorite artworks pages and start a chat with the gallery in order to request more information.

Tiago Mesquita, art critic and curator in charge of the Masters Sector of SP-Arte, was invited to participate in Picks 365 and comment on his five favorite works available on our website.

“Despite being made before the Neo Concrete manifest was published, it earned the name of Neo Concrete Column. The artist articulates modules made of rectangular iron plates, with circular cuts in one of the sides. Laid over one another, they build a vertical and hollow volume.”

“In 2016 Mauro Restiffe accompanied Fidel Castro’s funeral cerimonies in La Havana. In this image, what appears is not the official ritual, but a discrete manifestation of mourning. Upon a display window we see two pinned posters – one with something written on it and a Cuban flag and another one with an image of Castro on black ribbon. The doors are closed, everything is empty. In contrast, the city appears bustling on the façade reflection.”

Anna Bella Geiger starts from a postcard collection called Brasil Nativo, with scenes from Amerindian peoples, sold in Rio de Janeiro. She shows the group next to photographs of staged scenes she created reenacting the poses of the original images. The staging is crass and strengthens – in the perspective of visual conventions – the ideological character of the images.”

“In a 1955 lithography, the artist places two slim and eroded figures in a garden. The  characters draw close to each other, but they do not see or touch each other. The image is the encounter of two of his  solitary and introspective sculptures.”

“The beautiful book by Alfredo Jaar was originally launched in 2012, in celebration of John Cage’s centennial. In it Jarr reproduces an extended writing produced by the composer when he was a teenager, for an oratory competition. As it is usual in the artist’s work, the book deals with the tensions caused by the US hegemony in the American continent.”

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