Museum of Modern Art Announces Lygia Clark Retrospective for 2014
The Museum of Modern Art announces a major retrospective devoted to the art of Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920-1988), the first comprehensive exhibition in North America of her work, from May 10 through August 24, 2014. Lygia Clark comprises nearly 300 works, ranging from the early 1950s to the early 1980s, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and participatory works. Drawn from public and private collections, including MoMA's own, this survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the "abandonment" of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark's career. While Clark's legacy in Brazil is profound, this exhibition draws international attention to her work.
By bringing together all parts of her radical production, the exhibition seeks to reinscribe her into current discourses of abstraction, participation, and a therapeutic art practice. Lygia Clark is organized by Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, MoMA; and Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum; with Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães and Beatriz Rabelo Olivetti, Curatorial Assistants, Department of Drawings and Prints, MoMA.
Lygia Clark is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, the most comprehensive volume on the artist available in English, with essays by Sergio Bessa, Connie Butler, Eleonora Fabião, Briony Fer, Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, André Lepecki, Zeuler Lima, Christine Macel, Frederico de Oliveira Coelho, and Luis Pérez-Oramas. Each section is accompanied by a selection of works that provide context for understanding the circumstances that shaped her artistic investigations. Featuring a significant selection of Clark's previously unpublished personal writings, this is a vital source of primary documentation for 20th-century art history scholarship.