Hélio Oiticica

Bilateral ‘Teman’ BIL 003

1959

Artist
Hélio Oiticica 1937–1980
Original title
Bilateral 'Teman' BIL 003
Medium
Acrylic paint on fibreboard
Dimensions
Object: 1206 x 1345 x 14 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, Tate Members, Tate International Council and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
T12762

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Oiticica often created new words to describe his work. ‘Bilateral’ was a term he invented for his works which move away from traditional, two-dimensional painting. These works were painted on both sides and suspended from the ceiling. They encourage active engagement as you have to walk around them to see both sides. The Bilaterals, such as this one called ‘Teman’, explore close-colour contrasts. Here Oiticica looks at the properties of white. He identified white as the ‘ideal light-colour, the synthesis-light of all colours’.

Gallery label, August 2019

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