Rua James Holland 71
01138-000 São Paulo, Brazil
Rua Jardim Botânico 971
22470-051 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About the Presentation
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel will present the precisely delineated, Pop-inflected paintings of the Brazilian artist Wanda Pimentel (1943-2019). Having trained in Rio de Janeiro with Ivan Serpa, the founder of the Grupo Frente movement associated with concrete art, Pimentel emerged as an important exponent of Brazil’s New Figuration. Her 1960s and 70s series Envolvimento (Involvement) combined fragments of female bodies and household objects within claustrophobic domestic interiors charged with latent sexual energy. Beneath the Pop colors was a political message: Pimentel’s critique of consumerism and patriarchy at the time of Brazil’s repressive military dictatorship. The artist’s oeuvre became darker and more diagrammatic in the 1980s and 1990s, further meditating on the boundary between interior and exterior and her central themes of oppression and confinement. Independent 20th Century will mark the first solo presentation of Pimentel’s work in the United States.
About the Gallery
Founded as Galeria Fortes Vilaça in 2001, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel has established itself as one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the world, maintaining a dynamic program that features approximately 15 exhibitions a year in its São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro venues, besides a strong presence in major art fairs. Márcia Fortes, Alessandra D’Aloia and Alexandre Gabriel celebrate over two decades of activity with a roster of 44 artists, of whom 31 are Brazilian. The gallery is committed to longstanding and devoted relationships with its represented artists, encouraging emerging voices, cultivating established careers and relevant expressions, as well as fostering liaisons with museums and curators worldwide. Driven by the construction of innovative models, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel also invests in collaborations with fellow galleries and institutions in independent, hybrid projects.
Wanda Pimentel, Untitled, 1969, Vinyl paint on canvas, 116 x 89 cm, 45.669 x 35.039 in, courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro
Wanda Pimentel, Portrait of Wanda Pimentel, Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro