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Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in Brazil
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Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in Brazil (Hardback)

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Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in Brazil features a collection of essays by noted scholars exploring the sensorial, experience-based, and participatory practices pioneered in the 1950s by artists and poets such as Flavio de Carvalho, Ivan Serpa, Helio Oiticica, Haroldo de Campos, Mary Vieira, Lygia Pape, Anna Maria Maiolino, Lygia Clark, Waly Salomao, and Emil Forman among many others. Fourteen thought provoking essays examine how many of their strategies constituted a pertinent critique of the country's wide-ranging embrace of Eurocentric modernity, while anticipating a number of practices prevalent among contemporary artists today, namely, the rise of art as social practice, the embrace of pedagogical concerns by artists, and relational aesthetics.

The fourteen essays collected in this volume consider the ramifications of modernist abstraction in the second half of the twentieth century and contribute to a growing academic field in postwar Brazilian and Latin American art history. Contributions to this anthology examine the development of modernist ideas that flourished in Brazil during a controversial period interspersed by dictatorial regimes. The global aspect of Brazilian art is especially evident in these studies, presenting the relational complexity of their subjects as transcultural, transnational actors while simultaneously contributing to a growing, increasingly nuanced understanding of visual and material culture, performance, and criticism in Brazil. By mixing essays on the pedagogical and literary experiments of the time to features on key visual arts developments, Form and Feeling provides a richer tapestry for understanding the complexity of Brazil's modernist project.

Form and Feeling continues the important process of reanalyzing the intersections of Concretism and Neo-concretism, arguing for greater affinities between the primary and lesser-known cast of characters, while equally redistributing the strict geographical divisions of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. This anthology broadly situates this extraordinary period of artistic experimentation in direct relationship to contemporary factors, such as psychoanalysis, educational systems, poetry, politics, and feminism. It crafts innovative relationships about the constructive hierarchies of form and space, poetry and painting, and mathematics and philosophy, thus engendering new positions for a deeply ensconced period in Brazilian history.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: Fordham University Press Publication Date: 02/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9780823289103  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Antonio Sergio Bessa holds a PhD from the Steinhardt School of Education, of New York University. For sixteen years, he worked as the Director of Curatorial and Education Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, in addition to teaching at the School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University's Teachers College. A scholar of concrete poetry, Bessa is the author of OEyvind Fahlstroem-The Art of Writing and co-editor of Novas-Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos, and editor of Mary Ellen Solt-Towards a Theory of Concrete Poetry and Paulo Bruscky: Poesia Viva.

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