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"In Untitled 1973, the wide vertical bars are cut almost at the centre of the composition by a black horizontal bar. In the 1975 compositions, the bars give way to alternate colour lines whose gradations divide the canvas into two halves, so as to provoke a kinetic trompe l’oeil.
A self-taught artist, António Palolo began his first artistic experiments in the early 1970s, together with an equally self-taught group of friends in Évora, namely Álvaro Lapa, António Charrua and Joaquim Bravo.
In the 1970s, Palolo’s painting became completely abstract: the period was dominated by canvasses with vertical bars, and flat and vibrant colours. In critical texts about painting of this time the reference to hard-edge painting is recurrent. Features of the hard-edge painting — a reaction to American abstract expressionism from the 1960s, headed by Frank Stella among others and characterized by unusual formats, rigidly outlined areas, simple forms and sharp colours — can be found in these canvases by Palolo.
After an interval dedicated to the exploration of other creative processes, such as film, video, installation and figurative painting, Palolo returned to abstract painting, which he developed from the late 1980s until his death in 2000."

Details

  • Title: Sem título
  • Creator: Palolo, António
  • Date Created: 1973
  • Physical Location: Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 100cm x 180cm
  • Provenance: Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Aquisição em 2000
  • Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas

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