Hélio Oiticica - Latin America New York Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1992

  • Exhibited

    Rotterdam, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Hélio Oiticica, 22 February- 26 April 1992, then travelled to Paris, Galerie National de Jeu de Paume (8 June- 23 August 1992), Barcelona, Fundació Antoni Tàpies (1 October- 6 December 1992), Lisbon, Centro de Arte Moderna da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (20 January- 20 March 1993), Minneapolis, Walker Art Center (31 October- 20 February 1994) (another example exhibited)

  • Artist Biography

    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

screenprint on fabric
39 1/2 x 45 in. (100.3 x 114.3 cm.)
This work is from an unnumbered edition of 45.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $22,500

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Head of Latin America Sale
+ 1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York 21 November 2013 4pm