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Cildo Meireles

New Museum

Conceptual art is often associated with a dematerialization of the art object, but, contrary to myth, few of its practitioners sought to eschew materiality altogether. In fact, most engaged in what might be more accurately described as a rematerialization of aesthetics, wherein images composed of paint and canvas were displaced by the different materialities of photographic and textual information. In lieu of discrete artworks conceived and produced according to the model of the commodity, attempts were made to reveal social form by visualizing networks of power or ideology a difficult project indeed, since power and ideology, which function best when hidden from view, manifest an inherent tendency to veil their operations.

Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles, whose retrospective exhibition (organized by New Museum curators Dan Cameron and Gerardo Mosquera) is on view in New York, has contributed

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