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Carlos Rezende

1964
Brazil

9 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Brazil

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Works by Carlos Rezende

Carlos Rezende is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Brazil. Carlos Rezende was born in 1964. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Adriana Varejão, Jac Leirner and Beatriz Milhazes.

Carlos Rezende is best known for creating conceptual work. Conceptual art emerged as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is often used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms deemed most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could take the form of almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible structures and processes for their productions.

Born in 1964, Carlos Rezende was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural environment. The 1980s were a significant decade politically, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

In recent years Carlos Rezende has been dedicated to the realization of educational projects related to Art, in the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. Blue Days (2014/15) brought to the museum exhibition 12,800 children through an educational action coordinated by Prof. and Art Educator Debora Paiva. Continuing this project, he performed the exhibition Sintagmas (2016), also with works of his own, at the Mário de Andrade Library. Throughout the show, lectures and workshops on contemporary art and artist books were given.

In the years 2001-2011, part of them living outside Brazil, Rezende presented, at the request of the then director of the newspaper Tribuna Impressa, important artists in the international scene. He wrote and presented the work of Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Andreas Gursky, Francesco Clemente, Transvanguardia Italiana, Gerhardt Richter, Maurizio Catelan, Cy Twombly, among others.