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"Forma Brazil: Concrete and Neo-Concrete Art by Geraldo de Barros and Lygia Pape"
2001-03-20 until 2001-05-06
New York, NY,
The first exhibition (March 20-May 6) will present the work of two pioneering abstract artists from
The early years of Concrete and Neo-Concrete art, a period in the 1940s and 1950s, in which
Brazilian artists developed ideas from the European avant-garde in an innovative and unique way.
The fotoformas of Sao Paulo Concrete artist Geraldo de Barros ( 1923- 1998) are an early
manifestation of a new desire for modernity, expressed through a series of photographs and
photograms in which fragments of the city of Sao Paulo are rearranged into abstract compositions.
Created between 1947 and 1950, the fotoformas reflect the excitement of Soo Paulo in the middle
half the twentieth century.
The abundant critical and art historical attention Paid to Lygia Papes Rio de Janeiro contemporaries and co-founders of the Neo- Concrete movement, Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, has overshadowed the vital contributions of Lygia Pape. This exhibition will present Papes important early Neo-Concrete works such as a Video of Bale neoconcreto no1and Bale neoconcreto no2 (Neo-Concrete Ballet No.1 and Neo-Concrete Ballet No.2), a choreography for pure geometrical forms set to experimental music, and the 1959-60 books/sculptures The Book of Creation and The Book of Architecture, which can be manipulated by the viewer. Visitors will be invited to handle a replica of The Book of Architecture. The exhibition will also include her seminal woodblock prints called Tecelares (Weavings).