Making Art Concrete

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Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps De Cisneros
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
From 16 Septemper 2017 to 11 February 2018

In the tumultuous years after World War II, avant-garde artists in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro responded to the changing world order both ideologically and aesthetically. They rejected figurative and expressive styles in favor of Concrete art, an approach characterized by abstract compositions of geometric shapes and patterns.

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The exhibition Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, on view September 16, 2017-February 11, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, marks the first time these works have been comprehensively studied for both their art-historical and technical innovations. Thirty works from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a world-renowned collection of Latin American art, will be displayed alongside key technical findings, didactic videos, and historical documents.

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The exhibition draws on three years of extensive scientific analysis and archival investigation led by a team of experts from the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and Getty Research Institute (GRI), in collaboration with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC). Important discoveries about the paintings and new insights into the artists’ techniques resulting from this analysis and investigation will be presented for the first time. Artists represented in the show include well-known figures such as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, both of whom have recently received largescale retrospectives in the United States, as well as lesser-known, but equally important, artists such as Raúl Lozza, Tomás Maldonado, and Willys de Castro.

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