Geraldo de Barros

Granada, Spain


View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Image: 400 x 299 mm
Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2016
On long term loan

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Geraldo de Barros was one of the pioneers of abstract photography in Brazil. His artistic practice encompassed a variety of media, from painting to graphic and industrial design. During the 1950s he travelled to Europe to complete his training in France and Germany and was one of the founders of ‘Ruptura’, the main concrete art group in São Paulo. De Barros exhibited his work widely within Brazil and abroad, and organised the photography section of the second São Paulo Biennial. The vintage prints displayed here reveal his interest in formal composition and abstraction as means to capture and isolate fragments of urban life.

Gallery label, May 2012