Sergio Bessa, Cornelia Butler, Eleonora Fabiao, Briony Fer, Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Andre Lepecki, Zeuler Lima, Luis Perez-Oramas, New York, 2014.
Hardcover, 336 pp., 400 color illus.
Published in conjunction with a major retrospective of the work of the Brazilian painter, sculptor, and social-practice artist Lygia Clark (1920–1988), this book presents a chronological survey of the artist's groundbreaking practice. Examining Clark's oeuvre from her early abstract compositions to the biological architectures and relational objects she created late in her career, this is the most comprehensive volume on the artist available in English. Featuring a selection of previously unpublished writings by Clark, it is an indispensable source of primary documents for scholars of twentieth-century art history.
Lygia Clark (1920–1988) trained in Rio de Janeiro and Paris from late 1940s to mid-1950s and was a leading abstract artist at the forefront of the Neo-Concretist movement in Brazil, fostering the active participation of spectators through her works. From the late 1960s through the 1970s she created a series of unconventional artworks in parallel to a lengthy psychoanalytic therapy, leading her to develop a series of therapeutic propositions grounded in art. Clark has become a major reference for contemporary artists dealing with the limits of conventional forms of art.