The Geometry of Hope, by Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, The Brooklyn Rail, December 2007-January 2008

    Joaquín Torres-García, Composición constructiva 16, 1943 Oil on cardboard “There is a spidered but unbroken vein feeding cannibals (Yes, I said that) into Concrete Art, snaking through the 20th century from the deepest reaches of the Amazon River in Brazil. It was there, in 1928, that Oswaldo de Andrade unleashed his bloodcurdling Anthropophagous Manifesto, declaring that “We are concrete”, while claiming kinship with the Tupi cannibals and threatening to devour all of Western […]

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The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, The Blanton Museum of Art, 2007

  Purchase on Amazon.com Colorful and playful kinetic sculptures, experimental objects designed to be catalysts for community building, manifestos calling for joy and the negation of melancholy: these are the elements that have shaped The Geometry of Hope. The title of this richly illustrated, 340-page volume brings together two threads that epitomize postwar abstract art from Latin America: on the one hand, geometry, precision, clarity and reason; on the other, a utopian sense of hope. […]

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