Ernesto Neto

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Through his formal vocabulary, Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) engages with the idea of social interaction. Neto has gained acclaim for his large experimental sculptures and installations that dramatically alter our surroundings, activating the senses and inviting viewer participation. The unconventional choice of materials, the simultaneity of internal and external structures, the contrast between the organic and the mechanical, and the qualities of sensuality and tactility, are all deeply inherent to the artist's practice. Neto’s installations draw on the lessons of minimalist sculpture, New Brazilian Objectivity of the 1960s and 70s, and anthropomorphic architecture, transporting the viewer from the hustle and bustle of everyday existence into immersive, multi-sensory environments where time seems to slow down. Constantly producing new formal and conceptual developments in his work, Neto describes his sculptures as living organisms that transgress all limitations.

This art appeals to all the senses, it is a holistic experience. Ernesto Neto’s sculptures (often they are sculptural landscapes rather than individually distinguished artifacts) seductively lead the eyes along their surface. Odors emanate: turmeric, cumin and other exotic spices stimulate the nose. Many of the works can, are even supposed to be touched [...]. Reception of the art is an active process. And Neto goes even further: he lets people penetrate into his works. “Naves” are what he calls the sculptural creations he has made since 1997, composed from membranes of stretched fabric that can be walked through, that can be physically conquered, that are supposed to be used.

Sebastian Preuss, ‘The universe behind the skin’, in Ernesto Neto: From Sebastian to Olivia, exh. cat., Berlin: Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, 2008

Image: animal nature, 2013, 25 mm corten steel, 216 x 348 x 216 cm.; 85 x 137 x 85 in., 1513 kg, edition 1 of 3, plus 1 AP

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Darren Almond, Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Rineke Dijkstra, Günther Förg, Mona Hatoum, Jeff Koons, Vera Lutter, Marepe, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Bridget Riley, Thomas Struth, Rebecca Warren, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications / Ridinghouse, Berlin and London 2014
With texts by Julie Sylvester and Jean-Marie Gallais
Edited by Jean-Marie Gallais

€ 45.00

From Sebastian to Olivia - Galerie Max Hetzler

From Sebastian to Olivia

Ernesto Neto

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2008
With letters written by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith, Dobrila Denegri, Franck Leibovici, Giovanna Zapperi, Hiromi Kitazawa, Tania Rivera and an essay by Sebastian Preuss

€ 45.00

Carbonic Anhydride - Galerie Max Hetzler

Carbonic Anhydride

Haluk Akakçe, Darren Almond, Shannon Bool, André Butzer, Terry Haggerty, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Ulrich Lamsfuß, Won Ju Lim, Vera Lutter, Marepe, Sarah Morris, Ernesto Neto, Frank Nitsche, Yves Oppenheim, Thomas Struth, Kara Walker

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2006

€ 35.00

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