Willys de Castro (1926-1988) - Active Object

Description
Willys de Castro (1926-1988) - Active Object
Mixed media - Hand signed - unknown

Medium: Mixed Media
Material: Cardboard
Dimensions: 28 x 28 x 3 cm, in wooden frame 30 x 30 x 3 cm

Year: published 1964
Signature: handsigned on the back with pencil (Willys)

Provenance: Edition Panderma, Carl Laszlo, Basel
Galerie von Bartha, Basel
Private Collection, Basel

Condition / Restauration: mint archival condition


Willys de Castro (February 16, 1926 – June 5, 1988) was a Brazilian visual artist, poet, graphic designer, industrial designer, stage designer and magazine editor. De Castro is best known for his "Active object" series and is considered to be a pioneer and founding contributor of the Neo-Concrete Movement.

Castro joined the Neo-Concrete Movement in Rio de Janeiro along with Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Franz Weissmann, Lygia Pape and others. The following year de Castro participated in "Konkrete Kunst" an exhibit organized in Zurich by Max Bill. From 1959 to 1962, de Castro developed his "Active object" series.

In 1963 together with Hércules Barsotti, Lothar Charoux, Waldemar Cordeiro, Luiz Sacilotto among others, De Castro became one of the founders of the São Paulo based art gallery Associação de Artes Visuais Novas Tendências which operated until 1965. Associação de Artes Visuais Novas Tendências was founded and managed by artists working within the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements but did not solely feature Concrete and Neo-Concrete art. The galleries goal was to provide a space and platform for contemporary art to be presented outside the confines of any particular artistic movement.

Lot details
Object
Sculpture
Artist
Willys de Castro (1926-1988)
Title of artwork
Active Object
Period
1960-1969
Year
1964
Technique
Mixed media
Signature
Hand signed
Edition
unknown
Condition
Excellent condition
Total dimensions
30×30×5 cm
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