Tót Endre before Endre Tot

2010.12.10 - 2011.01.21.

Tót Endre before Endre Tot
Early works 1964-67

Opening: December 9th, 7-9pm
Speech by: Katalin Aknai, art historian
On view: December 10th, 2010 - January 21st, 2011
Closed: December 24th, 2010 - January 3rd, 2011
Tuesday-Friday: 2-6pm, or by appointment

Curator: Andrea Bordács

Endre Tót has been an active participant of the international art scene since the 1970s.  In his earliest years as an aritst, in the 1960s, he used media that were at the time considered unconventional in Hungary, such as drawings, colorful calligraphies and informel painting.  These collages were then followed by pop-, and minimal art-influenced works.  In 1968-69, Tót exhibited at the legendary Iparterv exhibitions. Breaking away from painting around 1970-71, he starts developing the Nothing/Zero, Rain, and Gladness-ideas, and keeps working on these during his entire subsequent period.  Also, it was with these works that the artist gained recognition in the international art scene.  Maybe for this very reason did Tót neglect his early works, where the depicted spontanous feelings with elementary power filled his canvases and papers with life.
The lyrical and passionate atmospheres of Tót's works from this period, like the White-pictures, works resembling calligraphies from the far-East and the Diary Drawings from Angyalföld were achieved by intuitive gestures all set around a central motif.
The – literally – diary drawings from Angyalföld from 1965 are improvisations following the artist's emotional rhythm, all without figures.
From the beat ink-drawing calligraphies the artist makes a smooth transition with almost invisible motifs to ink-drawings decorated with patterns, text or letter-imprints, where the spontanous painterly characteristics are still present.
At the current exhibition at the acb Gallery Tót's paper-based works, paintings, drawings and some collages are shown from the 1960s.