Former neighbor curates major Brazilian exhibit at UT’s Blanton Museum of Art

Written by Gabriel Perez-Barreiro

The Blanton Museum is hosting a major exhibition of works by Waltercio Caldas, one of Brazil’s mosts important contemporary artists.  The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas will explore the artist’s full body of work, from the 1960s through the present, and comprises  over 75 works. In addition, the artist has created a new work for the Museum’s atrium called “Re-Corner”.

Working in a variety of mediums, Caldas examines the physical qualities of objects and spaces, challenging the assumptions viewers bring to the act of looking. He defines his practice as the act of sculpting the distance between objects, inverting the conventional definition of sculpture as a dense, self-contained volume. Above all, simplicity and formal precision define his art, qualities that speak to his aim to produce what he describes as “maximally present work through minimal action.” His installation The Nearest Air (1991), in which suspended lengths of red and blue yarn radically transform empty space, epitomizes these concerns and exemplifies Caldas’s predilection for poetic and ambiguous titles.

Perez-Barreiro is currently Director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, and was a Cherrywood resident when he was Curator of Latin American Art for the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin 2002-2007.

Caldas_IMG_7456 Mary Myers, photographer

Waltercio Caldas exhibit, Blanton Museum. Photo by Mary Myers.


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