Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Naive Art Takes on the World

Magazine article Americas (English Edition)

Naive Art Takes on the World

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Brazil's naive, or primitive, art has been described by one writer as "too folksy to please the academic art crowd and too unassuming to satisfy the avant garde ..." As a result, the writer said, "it doesn't get much respect."

Respect or not, it is drawing large crowds and arousing deep interest in a four-year tour of the United States. Originally scheduled as a one year, 19-city tour, the exhibit has been booked into an additional 18 cities and the tour extended by three years.

The exhibit opened its U.S. tour at the Brazilian American Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., in October 1986. Since then, it has travelled to 42 U.S. states. Receiving rave reviews everywhere, the exhibit has made Brazil's rich cultural heritage known to a widening group of people in cities as far apart and diverse as Seattle, Washington; Orono, Maine; and Owensboro, Kentucky.

"It's the perfect antidote to a midwestern winter," said Chuck Levesque, a volunteer with Partners of the Americas and one of the organizers of the tour. …

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