Lot 106
  • 106

Antonio Dias (b.1944)

Estimate
90,000 - 120,000 USD
Sold
112,500 USD
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Description

  • Antonio Dias
  • Untitled
  • acrylic on canvas

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner (circa 1975)

Catalogue Note

Antonio Dias has demonstrated a commitment to socially engaged art throughout his career. Since coming of age in Brazil during the tumultuous dictatorship of the 1960s, Dias has delved into a multitude of visual puns and coded language to suggest unspeakable violence and political oppression. As the producer of a highly conceptual oeuvre replete with formal elegance and a minimalist aesthetic, his works remain darkly humorous, whether referencing Latin American politics or sexuality. 

Having experimented with diverse techniques, Antonio Dias is described by critic and curator Paulo Herkenhoff as the “main link between the neoconcretists and the artists of the 1970s: between Hélio Oiticica and Cildo Meireles, Lygia Clark and Tunga, the non-objects and Waltercio Caldas, not to forget Ivens Machado and Iole de Freitas, or even those who worked alongside Meireles in the 1960s, such as Barrio, Raimundo Colares and Antonio Manuel...between conceptual art and the tradition of concrete poetry.”

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