PRINT December 2014

Christine Macel

Hélio Oiticica, Cosmococa CC2 Onobject, 1973/2014, two-channel slide projection, sound, urethane foam, fabric. Installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2014.

1 BRAZILIAN MODERNISM Two thousand fourteen was the year of the great modernist Brazilian trio of Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, and Mira Schendel, each granted his or her own retrospective. The Oiticica exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (curated by César Oiticica Filho and Rachael Thomas), had the advantage of being conceived with Oiticica Filho, who visibly transmitted the spirit of his uncle into a joyful exhibition design that encouraged direct access to, and manipulation of, the artist’s colorful objects and environments. This interactive element was also central to the Clark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (curated by Connie Butler and Luis Pérez-Oramas with Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães and Beatriz Rabelo Olivetti), which provided a long-overdue international-level homage, tracing the full arc of Clark’s career as a major figure in abstraction

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