(Português) Jogar de Negras: Contribuição para a discussão do(s) Primitivismo(s) na arte em Portugal

In late 1984, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York premiered an exhibition dedicated to the relevance of primitivism in european and north-american visual arts throughout the 20th century. This ambitious exhibition filled a lack of information abouth this subject and fueled a heated debate about primitivism in art that lasted for several years and lingers until the present day.

Starting from contemporary perspectives and methodologies of the Anthropology of Art, this research project ainms to participate in the debate while at the same time to contribute to the discussion of this subject in the Portuguese context. Therefore, in the first part os this dissertation, after presenting how this problem was discussed right after the MoMA exhibition, we try to reevaluate the question from a new way of seing and the thinking primitivism in art. In the second part, we analise the work of the eight Portuguese plastic artists that accepted to be interviewed for this investigation, and whose artistic production can be framed in this subject.

At a moment in time when we witness a worldwide growing influence of Anthropology in the international artistic production and discussion, choosing to develop a research project os this nature aims not only to deepen the dialogue between knowledge from traditionally narrow fields (anthropology of the art, sociology of the art, history of the art, aesthetics, psychology of the art) but also the construction of the new areas of knowledge from realtions that connedt domains that have been separated by epistemologic and/or ideologic reasons.

Year 2009
Type Thesis
Institution Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto
Degree PhD
Supervisor(s) Bernardo Pinto de Almeida e José Gabriel Pereira Bastos
Language Português
Field Art Studies