- Hélio Oiticica 1937–1980
- Original title
- Bilateral 'Teman' BIL 003
- Acrylic paint on fibreboard
- Object: 1206 x 1345 x 14 mm
- Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members, Tate International Council and the Art Fund 2008
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’.
Gallery label, May 2012
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