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Geometric Abstraction: Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

Geometric Abstraction: Latin American Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
Yve-Alain Bois, Mary Schneider Enriquez, Paulo Herkenhoff, Ariel Jiménez, and Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas
ISBN 0-300-08990-2
261 pages;
9 1/4x11 1/2 in.
66 color and 54 b&w illustrations
Cloth,
$65.00

Widely praised for its fine collection of Latin American geometric abstract art, the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection of Caracas, Venezuela, contains the compelling work of such leading artists as Uruguayan Joaquín Torres-García, Brazilians Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Venezuelans Gego and Jésus Rafael Soto, and Argentinians Tomás Maldonado, Raúl Lozza, and Alfredo Hlito. This lavishly illustrated book presents sixty-five paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the Cisneros Collection that was on exhibition at the Fogg Museum from March 3 to November 4, 2001.

This bilingual (English and Spanish) volume explores the history and importance of the major movements that were dedicated to geometric abstraction. These include concretism and neoconcretism in Brazil, constructivism in Uruguay, the Madí Group and concrete artists in Argentina, and kineticism in Venezuela. The book also offers biographies of the twenty-six artists and an intriguing selection of their statements and manifestos.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums, March 3–November 4, 2001.

Yve-Alain Bois is the former Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Professor of Modern Art, Harvard University. Mary Schneider Enriquez is an independent curator and art critic. Paulo Herkenhoff is a former adjunct curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art; Luis Enrique Pérez Oramas is a former curator and Ariel Jiménez is curator of the Cisneros Collection.