Anna Maria Maiolino, ‘Marcas da Gota’, 1999, Art in General: Benefit Auction (2016)

As an Italian girl growing up in Brazil, Anna Maria Maiolino was profoundly influenced by the New Figuration Movement of the 1960s. She worked closely with conceptual artist Antonio Dias, and went on to create books, sculpture, and Super-8 video over the subsequent five decades. In her work she searches for a manner to express the sensory threshold of daily human experience. Maiolino’s minimalism at its finest, Marcas da Gota is a calligraphic-style abstraction in acrylic ink on paper. Her work has been shown at the Tate Modern, the Walker Art Center, and Museo del Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires.

There are some small spots of discoloration on the paper.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Art in General

About Anna Maria Maiolino

Anna Maria Maiolino makes drawings, artist books, sculpture, and video, frequently drawing inspiration from her experience as an immigrant growing up in politically unstable Brazil. Maiolino was involved in Brazil's 1960s New Figuration movement; her representational prints and drawings from these years were acts of resistance to the national military regime, rising urban inequalities, and culturally ingrained patriarchy. She would later act on a growing interest in spatial and existential issues with a shift towards Minimalism and Conceptualism, creating installations that coaxed interaction between viewer and object. Since 1989, Maiolino has worked primarily with clay, crafting impermanent labor-intensive installations that foreground her handling of the material, a reference to the unconscious and recurrent gestures of everyday human life.

Italian-Brazilian, b. 1942, Italy, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil