FALL 2017
GCI News
New Publications
Making Art Concrete
Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Pia Gottschaller and Aleca Le Blanc
Edited by Pia Gottschaller, Aleca Le Blanc, Zanna Gilbert, Tom Learner, and Andrew Perchuk

In the years after World War II, artists in Argentina and Brazil experimented with geometric abstraction and engaged in lively debates about the role of artwork in society. Some of these artists used novel synthetic materials, creating objects that offered an alternative to established traditions in painting—proposing that these objects become part of everyday, concrete reality. Combining art historical and scientific analysis, GCI and Getty Research Institute experts collaborated with the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a world-renowned collection of Latin American art, to research the strategies and materials decisions of these artists working in the Concrete and neo-Concrete veins.

Making Art Concrete presents works by Lygia Clark, Willys de Castro, Judith Lauand, Raúl Lozza, Hélio Oiticica, and Rhod Rothfuss, among others, with spectacular new photography. The photographs, along with information about the now invisible processes that determine the appearance of these works, are key to interpreting the artists’ technical choices as well as the objects themselves. This volume sheds further light on the social, political, and cultural underpinnings of the artists’ propositions, making a compelling addition to the field of postwar Latin American art. This volume is published to accompany an exhibition on view at the Getty Museum September 16, 2017, through February 11, 2018. Making Art Concrete is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Pia Gottschaller is a senior research specialist at the GCI. Aleca Le Blanc is assistant professor of art history at the University of California, Riverside. Zanna Gilbert is a research specialist at the Getty Research Institute. Tom Learner is head of Science at the GCI. Andrew Perchuk is deputy director of the Getty Research Institute.

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