Helio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (Hardback)
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Helio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 19/02/2016
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Helio Oiticica (1937-80) was one of the most brilliant Brazilian artists of the 1960s and 1970s. His unique melding of geometric abstraction with works that directly engage viewers' bodies has influenced contemporary artists from Gabriel Orozco and Cildo Meireles to Rirkrit Tiravanija and Nick Cave. This is the first book to examine Oiticica's impressive works against the backdrop of Brazil's dramatic postwar push for modernization. From Oiticica's late-'50s experiments with painting and color to his mid-'60s wearable Parangoles, Irene V. Small traces a series of artistic procedures that foreground his later inclusion of the spectator. Analyzing artworks and a wealth of archival material, she shows how Oiticica's work recast-in a sense "folded"-Brazil's utopian vision of progress and the legacy of European constructive art. Ultimately, Helio Oiticica argues that the effectiveness of Oiticica's participatory works stems not from a renunciation of art, but rather from their ability to dialogue with their surroundings and reimagine the traditional boundaries between art and life.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226260167
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 1361 g
Dimensions: 262 x 224 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Irene V. Small punctures and nuances some of the recurrent myths in accounts of the political commitments of H lio Oiticica's art practice in her monographic study of the artist."
--Brooklyn Rail
"H lio Oiticica brilliantly manages to fill gaps in knowledge about this important artist while challenging conventional wisdom through both archival research and adept analysis of art works. Small is wonderful at making points visually--by reference to certain details of art objects or documents--and does it in lucid, striking prose. This study will set a high bar for scholarship to come."--Carrie Lambert-Beatty, author of Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s
"By leading us through the mind of Oiticica--a task no less simple than a tour of Marcel Duchamp's imagination--Small demonstrates that his engagement with the world was far more profound than merely asking viewers to participate in an artwork (although he certainly did this). Inviting us to behold Oiticica's remarkably responsive and iconoclastic posture toward his environment, Small reveals that engaging with the structures of the fold and the frame prompted him to chart remarkably iconoclastic epistemologies."
--Art Journal
H lio Oiticica: Folding the Frame is based on an impressive amount of meticulous archival research, evident for example in some previously unpublished illustrations. There is powerful analysis of some less well-known works, such as Ready Constructible (1978-1979) and MadeOn-The-Body-Cape, a project that Oiticica completed following his Whitechapel experience (1970), enriching our knowledge of Oiticica's practice and writings. Small's work contains sophisticated language and continuous reference to a dense theoretical and historical heritage.--Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies

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