Manifestations of Informalism in Artistic Engraving in the 50s and 60s

Maria Luisa Tavora, leader

The project aims to study manifestations of informalism in artistic engraving in the 1950s and 60s, produced by artist-engravers in Rio de Janeiro and is coordinated by Professor Dr. Maria Luisa Luz Távora, proposing the formulation of a wider framework of informal experiences and their understanding in the 50s and 60s, with the research analysing and selecting critical texts related to graphic works identified as being significant within the movement. Partial results from this analysis were presented to the 2009 and 2010 national meetings of ANPAP (National Association of Visual Arts Researchers) and the CBHA (Brazilian Art History Committee). What is proposed is an analysis of the selected works using a phenomenological approach (Ponty and Bachelard), incorporating some aspects of Sartre’s existentialist thinking. The research has enabled a move towards the nature of informal manifestations, based on intuition, sensitivity and the existential experience. It is a historiographical review process of the manifestations of Informalism in Brazil, its artists, its issues and the criticism it generated, focused on the production of artistic engraving. This research contributes to the qualitative integration of engraving within the context of Brazilian art.