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CONSTRUCTING AN AVANT-GARDE: ART IN BRAZIL, 1949-1979. Sergio B. Martins. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2013. 2448 pp. with 76 ills. (46 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2012-46924 ISBN 9780262019262 In English.
Publisher's description: 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.
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Brazil — Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155719
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