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Constructing an Avant-Garde Art in Brazil, 1949-1979 by Sergio B. Martins
  

Constructing an Avant-Garde Art in Brazil, 1949-1979

Part of the Constructing an Avant-Garde Series

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Constructing an Avant-Garde Art in Brazil, 1949-1979 by Sergio B. Martins

Brazilian 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 not only widely renowned artists and groups -- including Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, and neoconcretism -- but also important artists and critics who are less well known 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 phenomenological account of neoconcrete artworks; Oiticica, constructivity, and Mondrian; portraiture, self-portraiture, and identity; the nonvisual turn and missed encounters with conceptualism; and monochrome, 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 not only art history but their own history, Brazilian avant-gardists were able to face contemporary challenges from a unique -- and oblique -- standpoint.

About the Author

Sergio B. Martins is a critic and art historian living in Rio de Janeiro.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th November 2013

Author

Sergio B. Martins

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Publisher

MIT Press an imprint of MIT Press Ltd

Format

Hardback
248 pages

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ISBN

9780262019262

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