Amilcar de Castro
Silvia Cintra + Box 4, Rio de Janeiro, B50
One of the biggest names in sculpture, an icon of the Brazilian neo-concrete movement, next to Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica, is Amilcar de Castro (1920-2002).
The cut-out of this Project would be Amilcar’s production in the 60s and 70s, having the starting point the period when he moves to the USA, right after being awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Award/bursary. It was during this time (1968-1970) that he began exploring materials such as copper, wood and iron, as it was hard to find corten steel in America, a material that he was used to.
This experience was of great importance for upon his return to Brazil. It enabled him to have a more smooth control of the steel, no welding, making use of only the cutting and folding of the material.
Besides the sculptures, his drawings and paintings were deeply affected during the 70s. Using only black and white until then, he starts to use color in his works. All these changes had a meaningful effect in Amilcar ’s works and were present on his research until the end.
The gallery intends to take four historical sculptures made by the artist during his stay in the USA, two colored and one black and white paint from the 70s, a series of 35 project drawings and croquis of sculptures and a collection of small scale sculptures that could summarize his sculptural work.