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Object lessons: Renate Bertlmann's performance photographs and Bosco Sodi's mixed-media work

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Renate Bertlmann, Zärtliche Pantomime (tender pantomime) (1976/2012), Richard Saltoun Gallery, SP Arte. R$32,000. © Renate Bertlmann and courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery

Renate Bertlmann, Zärtliche Pantomime (tender pantomime) (1976/2012) Richard Saltoun Gallery, SP-Arte, Sao Paulo, 6-9 April

R$32,000

London-based dealer Richard Saltoun is offering a set of four black-and-white photographs of one of Bertlmann’s first staged performances, which belong to her “tender-poetic” series dealing with corporeal symbols of eroticism and sexuality. The images retain their shock value, showing the Austrian artist in her home wearing a black camisole and donning a mask adorned with suggestive pacifiers. “By placing the pacifier mask over her own vagina, it lends a ‘face’, a second identity to her sex that defines her,” says a gallery associate. The photographs were recently included in the exhibition Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s: Works from the Sammlung Verbund Collection at the Photographer’s Gallery in London, a show highlighting the role of feminist artists in shaping contemporary art production.

Bosco Sodi, Untitled (2016). Luciana Brito Galeria, SP Arte. R$ 56,000. Sodi image courtesy Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo

Bosco Sodi, Untitled (2016) Luciana Brito Galeria, SP-Arte, Sao Paulo, 6-9 April

R$56,000

In her hometown fair, São Paulo-based dealer Brito is offering mixed-media works by Bosco Sodi that “focus on material exploration and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work”, according to a gallery associate. Concurrent with the fair, Brito is presenting Voràgine (Maelstrom), the artist’s first solo show in Brazil (until 6 May), which will feature paintings, sculptures and installations.