|Briga de Rua (Street Fight), c. 1926 | Woodcut print, 14.3 x 20cm|
One of Brazil's major artists, Owaldo Goeldi was an expressionist out of place. Unlike European expressionism, which expressed the dramatic inner conflict between man and the world, Goeldi's expressionism reflects precisely the absence of the problem-ridden man of the early twentieth century and focuses on the conflict generated by the transitional social and urban reality of Rio de Janeiro at that time.
Paulo Venancio Filho is an art critic, independent curator and full professor of art history at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has published articles on modern and contemporary Brazilian artists, among them Cildo Meireles, Hélio Oiticica, Anna Maria Maiolino, Waltercio Caldas, Mira Schendel, Antonio Manuel and Fernanda Gomes. He has curated a number of exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, includingRio de Janeiro 1950-1964 in Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (Tate Modern, 2001), Rachel Whiteread (MAM, Rio de Janeiro, 2003), Soto: A Construção da Imaterialidade (CCBB, Rio de Janeiro, 2005),Anna Maria Maiolino: Territories of Immanence (Miami Art Central, 2006),Time and Place: Rio de Janeiro 1954:1964 (Moderna Museet, 2008), Hot Spots (Kunsthaus Zurich, 2009), Wifredo Lam- Gravuras (Caixa
Cultural, Rio de Janeiro, 2010), David Batchelor: Chromophilia (Paço Imperial, Rio deJaneiro, 2010), Sergio Camargo: Claro Enigma (IAC, São Paulo, 2010) and Oswaldo Goeldi | Cena Urbana (Gallery 32, London, 2011).
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