Sergio Sister “Velhas Caixas Novas Ripas (1996 to 2019)”

Josee Bienvenu Gallery

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[Image: Sergio Sister "Velhas Caixas Novas Ripas" (1996 to 2019), installation view]

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Josée Bienvenu Gallery presents Sérgio Sister’s third solo exhibition in New York, Velhas Caixas Novas Ripas (1996 to 2019). Renowned for his sculptural paintings assembled from objects resembling crates, porticos and window frames, these new bodies of work are continuations of an extensive career with roots in abstraction, minimalism and permutations of the ready-made. Sister’s work can be viewed as an extension of minimalism in the United States, the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s in Europe and the Neo-Concrete movement of the 1960s in Brazil.

Sister will present Ripas, Pontaletes, Caixas e Tijolinhos (slats, rods, boxes and little bricks), which were the defining formats of Sérgio Sister’s art practice in the last decade. Sister proceeds with his ongoing exploration of color, light, and monochromes, in an interplay between surface and three-dimensionality. In the series Caixas, Sister painted over wooden fruit boxes; both appropriating industrial materials while intuiting spatial reconfigurations. The color bands of the Caixas series interact with light and dark, color and depth while interacting with the three-dimensionality of the objects simple nature; what the artist himself describes as “a coexistence of solidarity, with more differentiation and complexity.”

Playing with scale and subtle variation, three old crates are placed next to new boxes prepared by a joiner, with other ideas of painting. A perhaps less heroic performance of brushstrokes in favor of a more glimmering color-to-space entanglement. The slats (usually made of aluminum glued fabric) act in groups of different sizes, trying a musical rhythm, say, in the relationship between colors and outside world.

Sérgio Sister was born in São Paulo in 1948, where he currently lives and works. Sister studied painting at the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation, in São Paulo in the 1960s. He undertook graduate studies in social sciences and post-graduate studies in political science at the University of São Paulo. In 1970, he was arrested for protesting the military regime and detained for 19 months at the Tiradentes Prison in São Paulo. Sister attended painting workshops held at the institution. In 2002, the monograph Sérgio Sister was published by the editions Casa da imagem, with essays by Alberto Tassinari, Lorenzo Mammì and Rodrigo Naves. His work has been shown extensively throughout Brazil and is included in major public collections such as the Museu de Arte Moderna, the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro.



from April 20, 2019 to June 07, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-04-20 from 10:00 to 14:00


Sergio Sister

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