February 6, 2020 - March 21, 2020
Mendes Wood DM:
Rua da Consolação 3368
01416 – 000 Sao Paulo SP Brazil

Though this exhibition takes its name from Brazilian singer Chico Buarque’s storied 1971 song, which tells the tale of a construction worker who dies on the job, the gallery emphasizes in an accompanying text that it does not intend to dwell on that troubled era of the country’s history. Instead, the show’s focus is the precarious present, as addressed by an absolutely stacked roster of more than 30 artists of various generations who lean toward the incisively political. Pope L., Lawrence Weiner, Jac Leirner, Theaster Gates, and Adriana Varejão are five of them. The goal, the gallery says, is to “open up space for a wider discussion about today’s arid, institutionalized political landscape and trigger a reflection on the lyricism of art that can make us reflect on our dreams of a better world.” Hard to argue with that aim. —Andrew Russeth

Image: Adriano Costa, “Tudo Vai Bem,” 2018. Courtesy the artist and Mendes Wood DM.

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