Author(s): Cornelia Butler
Published in conjunction with a major monographic retrospective of the work of Brazilian painter, sculptor and performance artist Lygia Clark, this publication presents a linear and progressive survey of the artist's groundbreaking practice. Having trained with modern masters from the late 1940s to mid-1950s, Clark was at the forefront of Constructivist and Neo-Concretist movements in Brazil and fostered the active participation of the spectator through her works. Examining Clarks output 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. Three sections based on key phases throughout her career Abstraction, Neo-Concretism and The Abandonment of Art examine these critical moments in Clarks production, anchor significant concepts or constellations of works that mark a definitive step in her work, and shed light on groundbreaking sets of circumstances in her life as an artist. Each section is accompanied by a selection of works by other artists that provide context for understanding the circumstances that shaped her artistic investigations, as well works by a younger generation of Brazilian artists that reflect Clarks own landmark influence. Featuring a significant selection of previously unpublished archival texts of Clarks personal writings, it is a vital source of primary documentation for twentieth-century art history scholarship.
Now regarded as one of the postwar era's most important artists, Lygia Clark produced a generative body of abstract painting in the 1950s, reinvented sculpture with her participatory objects of the '60s, and later devised an altogether unique mode of ritualistic, collective quasi therapy.--Daniel Quiles"Artfoum" (05/01/2014)