New on the gallery scene, Brazil’s Luciana Brito Galeria launches its new Manhattan location with an exhibition of historic works from São Paulo’s Grupo Ruptura. Known as the founders of the Brazilian concrete art movement in the 1950s, Ruptura was part of an effort to break away from the country’s naturalistic style of painting through geometric abstraction.
Concrete art and brutalist architecture flourished in the 1950s to the mid-1970s. It was the raw choice of material, concrete, that propelled the modernist movement forward. It became popular with numerous countries including the United States, Canada, Soviet Union, Western Europe and of course Brazil, the Philippines and Japan.
Examples of concrete art are typically massive in character with a predominance of exposed concrete construction. There is often an emphasis on graphically juxtaposing concrete with shocking color.
The exhibition will be on show at the NYC gallery at 186 Franklin Street until November 6, 2017.