Glória Ferreira and Paulo Herkenhoff with contributions by Aracy Amaral, Otília Arantes, Dore Ashton, Catherine Bompuis, Kaira Cabañas, Lauro Cavalcanti, Marcio Doctors, and Adele Nelson, New York, 2015.
Softcover, 464 pp., color and bw illustrations, 10 x 6.5 x 2 inches.
This latest volume in MoMA's Primary Documents series provides an anthology of the writings of Mário Pedrosa, Brazil's preeminent critic of art, culture, and politics and one of Latin America's most frequently cited public intellectuals. It is the first publication to provide comprehensive English translations of Pedrosa's writings, which are indispensable to understanding Brazilian art of the twentieth century. Included texts range from art and architectural criticism and theory to political writings as well as correspondence with his artistic and political interlocutors, among them such luminaries as André Breton, Alexander Calder, Lygia Clark, Ferreira Gullar, Oscar Niemeyer, Hélio Oiticica, Pablo Picasso, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Harald Szeeman, and Leon Trotsky.
The book also features newly commissioned essays by important scholars in the field that contextualize central themes of Pedrosa's writing and frame the importance of Pedrosa's contribution to twentieth-century Brazilian art as well as the history of modernism writ large. These new translations will contribute to the international recognition of Mário Pedrosa's importance to the growing fields of global art history and theory.