Seja marginal seja herói (Be an Outlaw Be a Hero)

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  • Provenance

    Projeto Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Hélio Oiticica

    Brazilian • 1937 - 1980

    Hélio Oiticica is one of Brazil's most influential artists. His work ranges from abstract compositions to early environmental installations exploring color, form, and material. He studied under Ivan Serpa in the mid-1950s and joined Grupo Frente, an association of artists in Rio de Janeiro interested in developing the legacy of European Constructivism within the context of the modernization of Brazil. Disagreements with the São Paulo Ruptura group led Oiticica and Lygia Clark to create the Neo-Concrete group (1959-'61).

    His Metaesquemas (1957-'58) are an important series of gouaches where color is reduced to a few tones and broken into irregular shapes that are isolated within a grid. However he soon rejected this conventional art form for more radical ones that demanded viewer participation, including his Parangoles (1964–'68), three-dimensional sculptures based on traditional Brazilian Carnival costumes. Yet an exploration of the physical nature of color remained a constant in his work up until his untimely death in 1980.

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Seja marginal seja herói (Be an Outlaw Be a Hero)

1968/2012
screenprint inks on cloth
36 1/2 x 43 1/2 in. (92.7 x 110.5 cm.)
Titled, inscribed, numbered and dated by César Oiticica "Seja Marginal Seja Herói 1968 2012 8/10 Hélio Oiticica" on the reverse. This work is number 8 from an edition of 10. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Projeto Hélio Oiticica.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Head of Latin America Sale
lgonzalez@phillips.com
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Latin America

New York Auction 29 May 2014 4pm