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Anna Maria Maiolino, Mother/Father, 1971/1999, india ink and Letraset on paper in wooden box, 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 x 1 3/8". From the series “Mapas Mentais” (Mental Maps), 1971–76. From “Sensible Geometries: Brazil 1950s–1980s.”

“Sensitive Geometries: Brazil 1950s–1980s”

Hauser & Wirth | West 18th Street

Anna Maria Maiolino, Mother/Father, 1971/1999, india ink and Letraset on paper in wooden box, 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 x 1 3/8". From the series “Mapas Mentais” (Mental Maps), 1971–76. From “Sensible Geometries: Brazil 1950s–1980s.”

Anna Maria Maiolino’s Mother/Father, 1971/1999, offers a concise exercise in the absurdity of genealogical charts. The Italian-born, Brazil-trained artist made the ink-and-Letraset-on-paper work in English, a language she struggled to understand, the same year that she left New York, after a three-year sojourn, for Rio de Janeiro. In the piece, the words MOTHER and FATHER are repeated, rotated, and scattered willy-nilly across the square units of a grid, the randomness of their occurrence and orientation sabotaging the very idea of hereditary flow.

It is rather ironic that Maiolino’s work (from her “Mapas Mentais” [Mental Maps] series, 1971–76) was awarded pride of place in “Sensitive Geometries: Brazil 1950s–1980s,” a group exhibition organized by the dealer Olivier Renaud-Clément at Hauser & Wirth that capitalized on the ever increasing interest in Brazilian postwar abstraction.

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