Hélio Oiticica
Bilateral ‘Teman’ BIL 003 1959

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Hélio Oiticica 1937–1980
Bilateral ‘Teman’ BIL 003
Bilateral 'Teman' BIL 003
Date 1959
Medium Oil-casein emulsion paint on fibreboard
Dimensions Object: 1206 x 1345 x 14 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members, Tate International Council and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

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Oiticica continually coined new words to describe his work. Bilateral was a term he invented to designate works which move away from traditional, two-dimensional painting (which he called the ‘painting-picture’), to what he called ‘non-objects’ painted on both sides and suspended from the ceiling. The Bilaterals, such as this one called ‘Teman’, all explore close-colour contrasts and, in particular, the properties of white, identified by Oiticica as the ‘ideal light-colour, the synthesis-light of all colours’.

May 2012

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