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Photography Photography was always For me The most important Of all visual arts. ALWAYS. For millenniums Man has Always Been trying to record what he sees. In order to see We need light. The technology that gave it its name Was only invented in the nineteenth century, And perfected in the twentieth century. But the attraction for recording whatever surrounds us It is immemorial In myself And in Humankind Why nude? I feel it in me in the same way as I felt in my childhood The urge to disassemble the toys And discover their insides. JC Évora, September 28, 2008


João Cutileiro [b. 1937]

João Cutileiro, a sculptor who was born in Lisbon in 1937 and who has an international reputation for his marble sculptures, has always been involved in photography. He exhibited his photographs for the first time in a solo show in 1961, a mere nine years after his paintings, sculptures and ceramics were presented in Monsaraz and Évora (his first exhibition when he was only 15 years old). Since then, he has not stopped taking and exhibiting - although sparsely - his photographs. Besides being a sculptor, Cutileiro is, undoubtedly, a photographer. He was deeply involved in the so-called Portuguese photo renaissance in the 1950s. As a matter of fact, in the late 1950s he even worked as a professional photographer, receiving commissions from fellow artists and commercial firms. He also photographed his friends, relatives and acquaintances, thus building a gallery of portraits that encompasses two generations of prominent Portuguese men and women. With those portraits, and also with the pictures that captured the street life of London (where he lived between 1955 and 1970), Cutileiro acted as a witness to the libertarian atmosphere and sexual freedom of the city. Finally, he he has always been and still is, a photographer of his own sculptures. #

In November 1961, for the occasion of the above-referred exhibition at the National Society for the Visual Arts (Lisbon), named 25 Sculptures/ Photographs/ Drawings by João Cutileiro, a brochure was released that unfortunately came without any reproduction of the prints. Therefore, no visual record was made for the posterity, but, according to the author, the photo section of the show was mainly composed by portraits. By that time, only Fernando Lemos (in 1952-53) and Victor Palla/Costa Martins (1958), among those usually connoted with the photo revolution, had showed their prints at the galleries. Cutileiro was a pioneer. A second (public) step was taken ten years after (1971) when Cutileiro’s photographs of the small village of Monsaraz were printed in the book A Portuguese Rural Society, authored by his brother José Cutileiro. (More recently, the Monsaraz photos were republished and exhibited, in 2005 and 2006, by the PLMJ Foundation: In Focus. Portuguese Photographers in the after-war period. Assírio & Alvim (Eds.), exhibition at Museu da Cidade, Lisbon). After many years away from the galleries and other exhibition halls, Cutileiro’s photographic work finally reappeared in 1993, at Valentim de Carvalho Gallery. The exhibition, titled Memory (Unpublished Photos – Artist Collection), was part of a photo festival held in Lisbon. The photos in the show − memories, portraits of friends and family −, taken between 1958 and 1970, were lost for years in closed drawers and overlooked walls (a few of them were even used as targets for darts!), yellowing, and having its edges eaten by bugs. When seen together, the prints symbolize a web of friends that one can travel on its own, according to each personal living in the Portuguese society of the last five decades. Jointly with Fernando Lemo’s portraits (even though clearly distinct from them), these private photos raised a veil that was covering an unknown past, a past that we perceive as a happy age, as a celebration of love and friendship. The festival’s catalog shows two remarkable portraits, one of Álvaro Lapa, taken in 1958, and another one of Maria Cabral and Vasco Pulido Valente, but Memory consisted of one hundred vintage prints, and no book or brochure was published to remind us now of that remarkable exhibition. Due to the importance not only of the prints and images, but also of the portrayed people, this is definitely a major fault in the History of Portuguese Photography,


although ten portraits were later published in 2004, in a book by Luís Amorim de Sousa (Londres e Companhia, Assírio & Alvim Eds.); some of them were also shown in Cascais in 2005 (exhibition Memorabilia, accompanied by a brochure). In 2004, we saw Cutileiro’s photographs again in Tavira, in the exhibition Homage to Gustave Courbet. The title and photos made an explicit reference to the painting L’Origine du Monde, which has been in the collection of the Museé D’Orsay since 1995. The show consisted of about 40 photos, organized in sets that paired flowers, plants and women bodies. Finally, we get to the newest show of Cutileiro’s photographs, produced by P4, and accompanied by an auction and a catalog depicting all the pieces in the exhibition. This is Cutileiro’s fourth exhibition in five decades. It is time to regain the lost time. If Cutileiro’s documental photographs taken in Monsaraz, for instance, can be seen, in a broad sense, as neorealist, the 1960s portraits and nudes that he shows here for the first time are not that easily classifiable. These are photos of a daily living, gestures of love and friendship, explorations of the body, glimpses of life before being, or not, art. Most of the negatives are gone. The prints are unique and carry the weight of time. The prints are alive.

Alexandre Pomar / Carlos M. Fernandes


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1 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Blow up 1, Hampstead Heath, 1961. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 15 x 20.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź750-1,500


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2 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Blow up 2, Hampstead Heath, 1961. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 15 x 20.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź750-1,500


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3 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Wedding, 1959-60(?). Signed and dated. Never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 20.5 x 16 cm. Estimate â‚Ź300-500


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4 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Untitled, London, 1966. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 24 x 16 cm.

Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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5 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Untitled, London, 1966. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 24 x 16.5 cm.

Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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6 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Underwater, 1963-64. Signed and dated. Unique print never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 26.5 x 22.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-

400


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7 JoĂŁo Cutileiro Nude in the couch 1, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 17 x 24 cm. Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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8 JoĂŁo Cutileiro Nude in the couch 2, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 17 x 24 cm. Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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9 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Sculpture, 1975. Never before reproduced. Signed and dated. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 20.5 x 14 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-300


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10 João Cutileiro

Verão 1, 1973. Signed and dated. Unique print, never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 22 x 17.5 cm. Estimate €200-300


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11 João Cutileiro

Verão 2, 1973. Signed and dated. Unique print, never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 22.5 x 18 cm. Estimate €200-300


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12 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Balloons 1, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 23.5 x 18.5 cm.

Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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13 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Balloons 2, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 18.5 x 23.5 cm.

Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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14 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

The Cigarillo, 1965. Signed and dated. Never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 17.5 x 23 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-400


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15 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Balloons 3, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 16 x 22.5 cm.

Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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16 João Cutileiro

The fountain, Lagos, 1972. Photography in the artist studio´s. Signed and dated. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 29 x 18 cm. Estimate €200-400


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17 João Cutileiro

Carol at the window 1, Lagos, 1974. Photography in the artist studio´s. Signed and dated. Unique print never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 22.5 x 16 cm. Estimate €300-600


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18 João Cutileiro

Carol at the window 2, Lagos, 1974. Photography in the artist studio´s. Signed and dated. Unique print never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 16.5 x 22.5 cm. Estimate €300-600


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19 João Cutileiro

Sculpture with cat in the middle, Lagos, 1975. Signed and dated. Photography in the artist studio´s. 21.5 x 16.5 cm. Estimate €200-400


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20 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

The owner of the balloons, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 23.5 x 15.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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21 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Balloons 4, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 23.5 x 18.5 cm.

Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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22 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Retrospectiva, 1986. Signed and dated. Unique print, never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Damage on right top by Silvia the cat. Vintage gelatin silver print. 22.5 x 17 cm. Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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23 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

In the wedding, Lagos, 1950-60. Signed and dated. Never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 20.5 x 16 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-

400


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24 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

On the beach, Lagos, 1966. Signed and dated. Never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 16 x 23 cm. Estimate â‚Ź300-500


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25 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

On the couch 3, London, 1965. Signed and dated. Unique print (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 18 x 23.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź1,000-2,000


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26 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Torso rosa 1, 1970s. Signed and dated proof. Never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 22.5 x 16.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-400


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27 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

On the beach 2, 1964. Signed and dated. Never before reproduced. Gelatin silver print. 16 x 22 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-400


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28 JoĂŁo Cutileiro

Torso rosa 2, 1970s. Signed and dated. Never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. 22.5 x 16.5 cm. Estimate â‚Ź200-400


A Asahi-Pentax TEU FATO NEGRO DE TREVAS Teu corpo desenhado Como se fora Seio para minha mão Teu olhar de cristal Puro e transparente Tua rapidez fatal Com que conquistas gente Tua metálica frieza no meu ombro Tua doce leveza Dócil como mulher Em minha mão À cara arma de agressão Espingarda de repetição Hermafrodita Venero-te nesta canção meu falo óptico Sempre em erecção. João Cutileiro, 1964


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â‚Ź5,000-10,000

La Grande Stripteaseuse, London, 1966. sequence of ten photos of an undressing performance. Sign and dated proofs. Unique prints (no negative exists) never before reproduced. Printed by the artist. Vintage gelatin silver print. Estimate

29 JoĂŁo Cutileiro


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Auction 23 October, 2008 | Thursday | 9:00 pm. P4ArtGallery 16 Navegantes St. 1200-731 Lisbon, Portugal

Viewing Lots on sale will be in display at P4ArtGallery at 16 Navegantes St. Lisbon, on: * Thursday, October 9 (opening 7:00 pm.) * Friday, October 10 * Wednesday, October 15 * Thursday, October 16 * Friday, October 17 * Saturday, October 18 * Wednesday, October 22 * Thursday, October 23 Opening Hours: 5:00pm. to 8:00pm.


Auction board Luís Trindade Bernardo Trindade Auctioneer Luís Trindade Texts Alexandre Pomar Carlos M. Fernandes Luís Trindade Translation Carlos M. Fernandes Consultants António Barreto António Valdemar Mário Teixeira da Silva

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Auction team Carlos Encarnação Isabel Lopes Joana Lia Ferreira Jorge Nabais Rita Góis Sofia Trindade

Sale designation P4046

Graphic designer Luís Trindade Bruno Rego

Acknowledgments Luís Trindade wishes to thank Alexandre Pomar, Carlos M. Fernandes for their invaluable contribution.

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Auction | Photographs by João Cutileiro | 23 October 2008  

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