Topic Descriptor: primitive art×
  • Servicio de inteligencia : contra toda clase de misterio
    Valle, Alejandro Romualdo, 1926-2008
    In this article Alejandro Romualdo questions the “esoteric” label that is placed on “primitive” and pre-Colombian art. The author rejects the idea that it has an “impregnable, supernatural nature,” promoted by intellectuals that [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1137249

  • Candomblê e makumba
    Péret, Benjamin, 1899-1959
    French Surrealist poet Benjamin Péret wrote this text on African religions after visiting Brazil. He establishes a counterpoint between Macumba and Candomblé rituals, which he considers “almost revelatory” poetic practices of “primitive and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110370

  • O desenho primitivo
    Souza, Gilda de Mello e
    This essay was written about the concept of “primitive drawing,” due to the imprecision of that expression. The writer Gilda de Mello e Souza bases her text on certain fundamental ideas of the sociologist Raymond Firth. His definition of “ [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110359

  • [Caberá abrirmos, nesse passo...]
    Machado, Lourival Gomes
    This is the third chapter of the book by Lourival Gomes Machado that analyzes the development of modern art in Brazil, in which the author includes a reference to the contribution made to contemporary painting by the “spontaneous” artists (whose [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110358

  • A pintura de José Antonio da Silva
    Spanudis, Theon
    This article discusses the artwork of José Antonio da Silva, which was deemed as primitive; it comments on the reception of his paintings during the transition from the 1940s into the 1950s. The writer, Theon Spanudis, points out its initial [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110357

  • A arte "ingênua"
    Vieira, José Geraldo, 1897-1977
    This is an illustrated text in which José Geraldo Vieira defines the characteristics of “naïve” or “primitive art” at a time which coincided with Brazilian art critics’ growing interest in the trend. In his judgment, it is an instinctive [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110356

  • Arte, necessidade vital
    Pedrosa, Mário
    Among the triumphs of modern art were the rediscovery of an emotional dimension and artistic sentiment in all their purity; something which becomes evident in the work of anonymous “primitive” artists and of the people who still live on a tribal [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1110355

  • A única arte que presta é a arte anormal
    Carvalho, Flávio de
    In this essay, the artist Flávio de Carvalho describes himself as a researcher into the “egocentric behavior of the world,” claiming that each social class usually wants to see itself portrayed in a straightforward manner. De Carvalho discusses [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1084943

  • Homogenizing Hispanic Art
    Goldman, Shifra M., 1926-
    In this text, Shifra Goldman examines the problematic homogenization of the idea of “Hispanic” art and culture that was promoted by the exhibition Hispanic Art in the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors organized by The [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1065232

  • Del origen y peculiaridades del arte popular mexicano
    Best-Maugard, Adolfo
    This text explains the theoretical basis for Best Maugard’s drafting method prior to the development of his manual explained in the following section. The theory is based on a platonic and universal perspective of art that expresses universal [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 825928

  • Exposition de V. do Rego Monteiro, Galerie Fabre, Paris, 1925 = Exposição de V. do Rego Monteiro, Galeria Fabre, Paris, 1925
    Raynal, Maurice
    The French art critic Maurice Raynal believes there is an innovative school of art in Brazil that is based on an intellectual aesthetic. The painter Vicente do Rego Monteiro is a member of that group. Raynal explains that Rego Monteiro, an artist [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 785135

  • O expressionismo
    Segall, Lasar
    This is an excerpt from the text of the lecture given by the Lithuanian-born artist Lasar Segall in June 1924 at the Vila Kyrial in São Paulo, on the occasion of one of the meetings between Senator Freitas Valle and a group of modernist artists and [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 783352

  • Flores do abismo
    Pedrosa, Mário
    In his critique, Mário Pedrosa states there has been a “deepening of meaning” since the forms of expression belonging to children and primitive peoples have been incorporated into modern art. In his words, he affirms that through this inclusion [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 780902

  • Conceito moderno de etnologia
    Baldus, Herbert, 1899-1970
    Here, the well-known ethnologist Herbert Baldüs presents [what was then considered] the strange concept of “ethnology” as the science that studies the phenomenal and total form of people and its links with the phenomenal for­ms of other people [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 780673