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Galerie Lelong

Grupo Frente

  • Lygia Clark,
  • Hélio Oiticica,
  • Abraham Palatnik,
  • Lygia Pape,
  • Ivan Serpa,
  • Aluísio Carvão,
  • João José Costa,
  • Rubem Ludolf,
  • César Oiticica,
  • Décio Vieira
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    Aluísio Carvão,
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    Hélio Oiticica, Grupo Frente 23, 1955
    2 / 5 All
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    João José Costa,
    3 / 5 All
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    João José Costa,
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    Rubem Ludolf,
    5 / 5 All

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"What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week"

Current Exhibitions at Galerie Lelong


Fwd: The Telephone Game

  • Kate Shepherd,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Further Evidence - Exhibit B

  • Carolee Schneemann,
  • Opens: Oct. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 03, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 21, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York

  • Zilia Sánchez,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: May. 02, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Paper

  • Rosemary Laing,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 01, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Amerikka

  • Cildo Meireles,
  • Opens: May. 15, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception: May. 15, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Permeated Sheild

  • Ursula von Rydingsvard,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 13, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The House of Magic Affection

  • Angelo Filomeno,
  • Opens: Dec. 18, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THE RIVERBED

  • Yoko Ono,
  • Opens: Dec. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Chicago Invites Chicago [Extended]

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 30, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shadows

  • Alfredo Jaar,
  • Opens: Feb. 14, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 28, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 13, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Re: Mine

  • McArthur Binion,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Experimental and Interactive Films

  • Ana Mendieta,
  • Opens: Feb. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Etel Adnan

  • Etel Adnan,
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: May. 08, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructivist Dialogues in the Cuban Vanguard

  • Amelia Peláez,
  • Loló Soldevilla,
  • Zilia Sánchez,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Leaning into the Wind

  • Andy Goldsworthy,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Silence

  • Jaume Plensa,
  • Opens: Feb. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Narrative/Collaborative

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dark Matter

  • Sarah Cain,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 15, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Search Light

  • Jane Hammond,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Maypole: Take No Prisoners

  • Nancy Spero,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Burning all illusion

  • Samuel Levi Jones,
  • Opens: Dec. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Dec. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Grupo Frente

  • Lygia Clark,
  • Hélio Oiticica,
  • Abraham Palatnik,
  • Lygia Pape,
  • Ivan Serpa,
  • Aluísio Carvão,
  • João José Costa,
  • Rubem Ludolf,
  • César Oiticica,
  • Décio Vieira
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Protruding Patterns

  • Lin Tianmiao,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jun 22 - Aug 04, 2017

  • Reception: Jun 22, 6 - 8pm

Where

Galerie Lelong

  • 528 W 26th St, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.315.0470

About

Galerie Lelong is pleased to present Grupo Frente, the first in-depth U.S. exhibition of the historic Rio de Janeiro-based artist group. The exhibition will include works by Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Abraham Palatnik, Lygia Pape, and Ivan Serpa, and will shed light on lesser known members such as Aluísio Carvão, João José Costa, Rubem Ludolf, César Oiticica, and Décio Vieira.

Grupo Frente was at the forefront of artist collectives in the region from 1954-56, approaching art through a rigorous commitment to experimentation and social mission. Grupo Frente’s founder, Ivan Serpa, was an emerging abstract painter and art educator at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro when he formed the group in 1954. The collective’s core mission was a strict dedication to experimentation with technique and material while maintaining an honest approach based on research. Serpa’s triptych Untitled (1955) is part of a series of textural experiments using alphabetical symbols from typewriters and demonstrates his interest in serial forms and repetition.

Many artists in Grupo Frente later pioneered key visual movements and continue to be leading art world figures. Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, and Lygia Pape’s innovative studies of line, form, and color were fundamental to the formation of the groundbreaking Neo-Concrete movement (1959-61). Clark’s Superficie modulada (1956) explores the opening of space on a two-dimensional surface through planes separated by a tight fissure — a concept that the artist would unfold into the third dimension under Neo-Concretism. Similarly, Oiticica’s gouaches on cardboard demonstrate an intuitive understanding of color and sensitivity to rhythm that he would later translate into physical space. Through her Tecelares, Pape proposes an alternative function for woodcuts, then considered a craft tradition; medium becomes a protagonist in these spatial investigations, as the texture of the woodblock becomes a compositional element. Along with Clark and Oiticica, Pape would go on to become a preeminent artist of the 20th century, known for consistently challenging the relationship between the art object and the viewer.

Aluísio Carvão and Abraham Palatnik also joined the Neo-Concrete movement after their participation in Grupo Frente. On view will be Carvão’s hard-edge geometric abstractions that examine chromatic variations on a flat surface. Untitled (1956) is a seldom seen painting on glass by Palatnik, who is a pioneer of kinetic art best known for revolutionary investigations of light, mobility, and technology.

The exhibition introduces many artists whose work has rarely been shown in New York. There are clear visual parallels in the production of brothers Hélio and César Oiticica from this period. Beyond a connection of medium, César Oiticica’s featured works present flatly painted forms arranged to convey a sense of movement within a confined two-dimensional space. Color theory has been the essence of Rubem Ludolf’s artistic career, which spans over 50 years. Untitled (Study) (ca. 1950s) is an early example where a focus on form led to his later chromatic compositions. A striking selection of works by João José Costa are included in the exhibition as well. Relatively unknown in the U.S., Costa employs line, color, and shape to create geometric compositions rooted in Grupo Frente’s core principles. Décio Vieira’s Untitled (ca. 1950s) shows a different approach to the geometric style practiced by the other artists through the use of a softer, less saturated color palette.

Grupo Frente arrives at a time of increasing attention to Latin American artists and their often overlooked contributions to twentieth century art. Grupo Frente artists who have had recent solo exhibitions in New York include Lygia Clark’s The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 at MoMA and Modulated space at Luhring Augustine, Hélio Oiticica’s To Organize Delirium at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Lygia Pape’s A Multitude of Forms at The Met Breuer. An exhibition catalogue accompanies Grupo Frente, featuring an introductory text by Luiz Camillo Osorio, Professor at the Pontífica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), curator and art critic.

For press enquiries, please contact Danielle Wu, (212) 315-0470 or danielle@galerielelong.com


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