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- DescriptionBrazilian avant-garde artists of the postwar era worked from a fundamental but productive out-of-jointness. They were modernist but distant from modernism. Europeans and North Americans may feel a similar displacement when viewing Brazilian avant-garde art; the unexpected familiarity of the works serves to make them unfamiliar. In Constructing an Avant-Garde, Sergio Martins seizes on this uncanny obliqueness and uses it as the basis for a reconfigured account of the history of Brazil's avant-garde. His discussion covers t only widely rewned artists and groups -- including Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, and neoconcretism -- but also important artists and critics who are less well kwn outside Brazil, including Mario Pedrosa, Ferreira Gullar, Amilcar de Castro, Luis Sacilotto, Antonio Dias, and Rubens Gerchman. Martins argues that artists of Brazil's postwar avant-garde updated modernism in a way that was radically at odds with European and North American art historical narratives. He describes defining episodes in Brazil's postwar avant-garde, discussing crucial critical texts, including Gullar's Theory of the Non-Object, a phemelogical account of neoconcrete artworks; Oiticica, constructivity, and Mondrian; portraiture, self-portraiture, and identity; the nvisual turn and missed encounters with conceptualism; and mochrome, manifestos, and engagement. The Brazilian avant-garde's hijacking of modernism, Martins shows, gained further complexity as artists began to face their international minimalist and conceptualist contemporaries in the 1960s and 1970s. Reconfiguring t only art history but their own history, Brazilian avant-gardists were able to face contemporary challenges from a unique -- and oblique -- standpoint.
- Author BiographySergio B. Martins is a critic and art historian living in Rio de Janeiro.
- Author(s)Sergio B. Martins
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication08/11/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note15 color illus., 60 b&w illus.
- Weight1044 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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