Daniel Senise: Rhetoric of Painting

Open Lecture


Daniel Senise, 'Quase Aqui', Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, 2015

Daniel Senise is one of the key artists from Brazil’s ‘80s generation’ having participated in the now historic ‘Como Vai Voce Geração 80’ (How are you 80s Generation) exhibition at the Visual Arts School Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro in 1984. The question about what constitutes the nature of painting within the field of contemporary art has remained at the core of his creative enquiries. In his most recent exhibition for example he questioned the assumed limits of painting through site-specific installations that interact with the architectural structure of the gallery. Architecture is indeed a recurring theme within his work, as are memory, the trace and the readymade. In this Open Lecture, art historian Michael Asbury will explore some of these threads within Senise’s work as a means of initiating a round-table discussion between the artist, UAL Prof. Stephen Farthing and curator Moacir dos Anjos.

Moacir dos Anjos coordinates the exhibition program Politics of Art at Fundação Joaquim Nabuco in Recife, Brazil. He served as director of the Museum of Modern Art, Aloisio Magalhães (MAMAM) in Recife from 2001 to 2006. He was curator of the Brazilian pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, of the 29th São Paulo Biennial in 2010, and the 30th Panorama of Brazilian Art, at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo in 2007, and co-curator of the 6th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre in 2007.

Michael Asbury, is a Reader in the History and Theory of Art at UAL.

Stephen Farthing, is an artist and the Rootstein Hopkins Professor of Drawing at UAL

Daniel Senise has participated in many biennials, including the Biennial of São Paulo in 1985, 1989, 1998 and 2010, the Biennial de La Habana in 1986, and the Venice Biennale in 1990, amongst others. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) and Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) also in São Paulo, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MOMA in New York, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Imber in Caracas, and at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany.