Waltercio Caldas and Ariel Jiménez at NYPL

November 16, 2016

The Space Between Things: A Conversation with Waltercio Caldas


This event will be livestreamed:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00–7:30 pm
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Auditorium
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

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Cover of Waltercio Caldas in conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez
Cover of Waltercio Caldas in conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) has published the ninth book in its acclaimed bilingual publication series Conversations/Conversaciones. To present Waltercio Caldas in Conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez, the CPPC has invited the Brazilian artist Waltercio Caldas and the Venezuelan writer, curator and art historian, Ariel Jiménez to share their reflections with the NYPL public for their Art Talks series. They are joined by Director and Chief Curator of the CPPC, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, a specialist on the artist’s work and career who recently curated a solo show of Caldas' work at the Blanton Museum of Art, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and Fundação Iberê Camargo.

Waltercio Caldas occupies a key role in the generation that bridges the innovations of the Concrete and Neo-Concrete artists of the 1950s/60s and today’s contemporary artists. Often simple in composition, the art of Waltercio Caldas invites a host of complex questions about perception and space. The conversation between Jiménez, Caldas, and Pérez-Barreiro will cover more than five decades of artistic production of one of Brazil’s most recognized contemporary artists. One of the issues discussed will be the challenges involved in representing the visual arts through photography and the printed page.


Waltercio Caldas, Matisse, talco [Talcum], 1978. Photo by Jaime Acioli
Waltercio Caldas, Matisse, talco [Talcum], 1978. Photo by Jaime Acioli

Waltercio Caldas was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1946. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, the Kanaal Art Foundation in Belgium, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo in Santiago de Compostela, and the Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, among other venues. Caldas participated in the Venice Biennial in 1997 and 2007, as well as several São Paulo and Mercosul Biennials in Brazil. His work is in collections around the world, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo; the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Caracas and New York; and the Bruce and Diane Halle Collection, Scottsdale.

Ariel Jiménez is an historian and curator of modern and contemporary art. He has curated numerous exhibitions in public and private institutions in Venezuela, Latin America, and the United States. He was Director of the Education Department at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas (1984–1986); General Director of the exhibition hall at Fundación Eugenio Mendoza in Caracas (1989–1997); Chief Curator at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (1997–2011); and Director of Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto in Ciudad Bolívar (2004–2006). Currently, he works as Independent Curator and Advisor for the Colección Ignacio y Valentina Oberto in Caracas. He is a widely published author whose titles include: Soto, a monograph (Caracas: Fundación Jesús Soto and Fundación Banco de Venezuela, 2007); Alfredo Boulton y sus contemporáneos. Diálogos críticos en el arte venezolano. 1912–1974 (New York: MoMA and Fundación Cisneros, 2010) and four titles in the Conversaciones/Conversations series with Carlos Cruz-Diez (2010), Jesús Soto (2001 & 2011), Ferreira Gullar (2011); and this latest with Waltercio Caldas (2016).

Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro has been Director of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Caracas, since 2007. From 2002 to 2007 he was Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that he was Director of Visual Arts at the Americas Society, New York, and Founding Curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art in Colchester, England. He holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex, and an MA in Latin American Studies and Art History from the University of Aberdeen. In 2007 he was chief curator of the 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Dr. Pérez-Barreiro has published extensively on modern and contemporary art from Latin America, including María Freire (São Paulo: Cosac & Naify, 2001); editor and contributor, The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (Austin: Blanton Museum of Art, 2007); and contributor to Waltercio Caldas (Austin: Blanton Museum of Art, 2014). To the Conversaciones /Conversations series he has contributed Gyula Kosice in conversation with/en conversación con Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.