Hélio Oiticica Metaesquema 1958

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Hélio Oiticica 1937–1980
Date 1958
Medium Gouache on cardboard
Dimensions Image: 523 x 642 mm
support: 523 x 642 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members and the Art Fund 2007
Not on display

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Oiticica often worked in series, or bodies of works. The Metaesquemas include over 350 small scale paintings on card. These compositions of opaque, monochrome, geometric forms, often in primary colours, were inspired by the abstract art of Piet Mondrian and Kasimir Malevich. In contrast to the rigorous order and structure of both European artists, however, Oiticica introduces elements of instability into his works. The forms appear to jostle and bump together as though they are moving.

May 2012

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