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Artur Barrio | the artist



The artist Artur Barrio
Born 1945, Porto, Portugal.

Style and technique of the artist: Photography, Video, Drawing, Documenta Kassel,


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Amid painterly splashes of water, wine and coffee, the walls are scrawled with graffiti, mostly in Portuguese; the times and dates that the artist worked on the piece are noted. The graphic energy of these marks is considerable and echoes the dotted lines, arrows and diagrams that enliven many of Mr. Barrio’s handmade books…

Artur Barrio weaves one of the most original bodies of work in the field of Brazilian experimental art. Though he deals with various different techniques and procedures, the conceptual core of his art lies in his Situações [Situations], which he creates for sundry environments, mixing bodies and materials to work ephemeral modifications upon a given time and place…

Artur Barrio fala como escreve, fazendo uso prolongado de reticências… O aproveitamento do intervalo entre as palavras é uma forma a mais de atuar nos espaços intermediários da realidade. “O que procuro é o contato com a realidade em sua totalidade, do tudo que é renegado, do tudo que é posto de lado”, escreveu ele em 1978, referindo-se o uso de materiais orgânicos, como papel higiênico, sangue e urina…