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MAKING ART CONCRETE: WORKS FROM ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL IN THE COLLECTION PATRICIA PHELS DE CISNEROS (2017)

PIA GOTTSCHALLER AND ALECA LE BLANC
LOS ANGELES, 2017


Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum
Building: Hardback
Dimensions: 24 x 26 cm
Language: English
Pages: 152

This volume was made in conjunction with the exhibition Making art concrete shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center September 2017 through to February 2018.  In the period after World War II, artists in Argentina and Brazil experimented with geometric abstraction and engaged in debates about the role of the art in society. Some of these artists used new materials, creating objects that offered an alternative to established traditions in painting. Combining art-historical and scientific analysis, experts from the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Research Institute collaborated with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a world famous collection of Latin American art, to research the formal strategies and material decisions of these artists working in the concrete and neo-concrete vein.

Making Art Concrete illustrates works by Lygia Clark, Willys de Castro, Judith Lauand, Raúl Lozza, Hélio Oiticica, and Rhod Rothfuss, and others, with fantastic new photography. The volume sheds light on the social, political, and cultural underpinnings of the artists' propositions, resulting in a compelling addition to the genre of postwar Latin American art.