La invención concreta [Concrete Invention] traces the development of geometric abstraction in Latin America from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Buzz, Curated by Vik Muniz, Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Featuring Mark Dagley, Gabriele Evertz, Michelle Grabner & Gilbert Hsiao
The exhibition will emphasize the articulation and shift between concretist and neo-concretist art.
Geraldo de Barros, Pampulha, Sao Paulo, Brazil, [From the Series Fotoforma], 1949 Silver gelatin, 29 x 28 cm Edition 5 of 15, Print 2006 September 8 – October 6, 2010 Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London is delighted to present Abstraction-Creation, an exhibition uniting twenty-nine abstract artists from South America and Europe. The title Abstraction-Creation refers to the European abstract art movement of the same name founded by Theo van Doesburg in Paris in 1931. This somewhat loose [...]
Rubem Ludolf, Untitled, 2004 Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm Considered one of the top names in Brazilian neoconcretism, painter, architect and landscaper Rubem Ludolf died aged 78 on Monday, July 26, in Rio de Janeiro. Victim of an aneurysm in the aorta, the artist was admitted for ten days in the Samaritan Hospital. Self-taught in the early career in the mid-1950s, Ludolf was a student of Ivan Serpa Free Course in Painting from [...]
Helio Oiticica & Neville D’Almeida Block-experiment in Cosmococa, CC1 Trashiscapes, 1973 Room installation with slide projectors, sound, mattresses, pillows & nail files February 4 – May 1, 2010 The Hunter College Art Galleries presents an exhibition featuring a rare glimpse into the collaboration between artists Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida Beyond Participation: Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida in New York. The collaboration between renowned Brazilian artists Hélio Oitica and Nevielle D’Almeida from the late 1960s [...]
Helio Oiticica Vermelho cortando o branco, 1958 Oil on canvas, 52 x 60 cm The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston & Projeto Helio Oiticica November 19, 2009 – February 21, 2010 Haus Konstruktiv completes its exhibition programme for 2009 with the presentation of one of the most significant collections of Brazilian Concrete-Constructive art: “Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil” showcases for the first time in Europe [...]
Helio Oiticica, Metaesquema 167, 1956 Gouache on board, 16 x 16 1/8 inches December 17 – February 6, 2010 Drawings, 1954–58 brings together over twenty rare works by the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), a pioneer in Modernism and multi-disciplinary practice whose works-on-paper have not yet been exhibited independently. The exhibition features works from the artist’s three major drawing series: Grupo Frente, Sêco, and Metaesquema. Hélio Oiticica: Drawings, 1954–58 will be on view at Galerie [...]
Photo: O Globo From ArtForum.com O Globo’s Eduardo Fradkin reports that more than a thousand works by Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica (1937–1980) were destroyed Friday in a fire at the house of his brother, César Oiticica, in Rio de Janeiro. His brother was responsible for the artist’s collection; he estimates that 90 percent of the collection he held was lost. In 2007, the Tate Modern and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston staged major [...]
Cildo Meireles, Cruzeiro do Sul, 1969-70 Courtesy of the artist February 11 – April 26, 2009 The MACBA presents the largest exhibition in Spain of the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles. On the floor, a sea of broken glass, which crackles and crunches underfoot time and time again. Before your eyes, a maze in which there are no walls, only prison bars, fences, curtains, aquariums with translucent fish swimming around, their bones easily visible to the naked [...]
Hélio Oiticica, Metaesquema No. 348, 1958 Gouache on board, 18 1/8 x 22 3/4 inches New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930–2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions thru February 25, 2008 This exhibition presents some two hundred works by Latin American artists that have been added to the collection over the past ten years. The works on view embrace several artistic mediums and comprises a variety of styles, from early modernism and geometric [...]
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. [...]
Waldemar Cordeiro, Idéia visível (Visible Idea), 1956 Acrylic on masonite, 59.9 x 60cm September 12 — December 8, 2007 The Geometry of Hope comprises some 125 works of art from the collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and provides the most comprehensive scholarly overview to date of Latin American Geometric Abstraction from the 1930s-1970s. Organized chronologically, The Geometry of Hope will focus on key cities in the development of abstraction in the Americas: [...]
Guiseppe Penone, To Reverse One’s Eyes, 1970 Black & white photograph, 11.5 x 15.5 inches May 9 — June 23, 2007 Zwirner & Wirth presents an exhibition of American and European conceptual photography drawn from a private collection. Spanning the years 1964-1989, the collection, which has been amassed over the last three decades, includes key examples of photo-based conceptual art by artists such as Vito Acconci, Giovanni Anselmo, John Baldessari, Bernd & Hilla Becher, [...]
Maurício Nogueira Lima, Rhythmic Object 2 (second version), 1953 The Adolpho Leirner Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston May 20 — September 23, 2007 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, a group of 98 works made in the 1950s and ‘60s by Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Waldemar Cordeiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Alfredo Volpi and other Brazilian abstractionists and assembled by Adolpho Leirner [...]
Maurício Nogueira Lima, Rhythmic Object 2 (second version), 1953 The Adolpho Leirner Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, a group of 98 works made in the 1950s and ‘60s by Sergio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Waldemar Cordeiro, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Alfredo Volpi and other Brazilian abstractionists and assembled by Adolpho Leirner (b. 1935). “Dimensions of Constructive [...]
Hélio Oiticica, B17 Glass Bólide 05 “Homenagem a Mondrian”, 1965 César and Claudio Oiticica Collection, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil thru April 1, 2007
Hélio Oiticica, detail of Tropicália (1967) Tropicália is an incredible exhibition — the first comprehensive survey of one of the most significant chapters in modern cultural history, a period beginning in the late 1960s when daring experiments in Brazilian art, music, film, architecture and theater converged. The exhibition features artists Lygia Clark, Antônio Dias, Nelson Leirner, Hélio Oiticica, and Lygia Pape, among many others. Don’t miss it.
Last June I met my friend Margaret Crane for lunch at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We sat outside on a sunny Sunday afternoon, chatting and eating salad. It wasn’t too hot, the air was breathable—a perfect ladies’ date. Then we headed into the museum’s jewel-in-the-crown exhibition, Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s. The show was huge, astonishing, including nearly 200 works by 130+ artists from Europe, North America, and South America. Jesús [...]
The following interview was published on MINUS SPACE in December 2003 in conjunction with Bibi Calderaro’s spotlight exhibition. Rossana Martinez: Faith, fertility, atoms, soul, and emptiness are some of the things you mention in your statement. I am curious to know what faith means to you in your work? What does fertility mean in your work? Bibi Calderaro: The idea that forms carry an inner balance, strength, and the potential for provoking thoughts [...]