Jac Leirner

Galeria Camargo Vilaça

Jac Leirner’s work has frequently been discussed in terms of post-Minimalist trends and compared to Marcel Duchamp’s and Joseph Bueys’. On the other hand, her link to contemporary Brazilian art does not seem to have been sufficiently established. Toward this goal, the series “Corpus Delecti,” 1985–1992, seems especially pertinent. Not only are the references to other Brazilian artists especially clear in these works, but the exhibition in its entirety seems to be set up as an oblique homage to the utopianism of the Brazilian Neoconcrete project.

In 1959 a group of artists including Amilcar de Castro, Lygia Clark, and Lygia Pape published a manifesto in Rio de Janeiro in which they declared their desire to separate themselves from the “dangerous rationalist exacerbation of Concrete art.” Influenced by the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the Neoconcrete group recovered the expressive value

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