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Straight from the House of Trophies—Ouro Velho

Adriano Costa2013

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
New York, United States

Adriano Costa reinterprets the approach and aesthetic of Neo-Concretism—specifically as manifest in the work of Brazilian artists such as Hélio Oiticica—in this array of gold-painted household towels. Blending random selection with geometrical composition, the artist disregards the objects’ original function to create a flexible “pre-sculpture.” The work’s color and title (Ouro Velho translates into English as “old gold”) evoke the monetary incentive for colonization, as well as the new materialism that has accompanied recent rapid economic growth in Brazil.

Details

  • Title: Straight from the House of Trophies—Ouro Velho
  • Creator: Adriano Costa
  • Date Created: 2013
  • Physical Dimensions: overall dimensions variable
  • Type: Installation
  • Rights: Copyright: Adriano Costa
  • External Link: Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
  • Medium: Paint on fabric and plastic

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