Tarsila Do Amaral: Cannibalizing Modernism - the exhibition catalogue from MASP available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Tarsila Do Amaral: Cannibalizing Modernism

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'In this lavishly illustrated, multivoiced and comprehensive catalog, some dozen curators, critics and writers insistently create more space between the work of this singular and singularly Brazilian artist and the European influences she absorbed in Paris in the early 1920s.' - New York Times

A comprehensive and beautifully produced book on the Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral 

Featuring a tip-on cover images and paper changes throughout, Cannibalizing Modernism is the first comprehensive English-language catalog on the Brazilian painter Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973), a key figure in Latin American modernism.

After studying with Fernand Léger and André Lhote in Paris, Tarsila--as she is widely known in Brazil--cannibalized modern European references to create a unique style, with the use of caipira (rural Brazilian) colors and representations of local characters and scenes. Much of her work was made in dialogue with two leading modernist thinkers of her time, Mário de Andrade and Oswald de Andrade. Her work also parallels the development of Oswald de Andrade's antropofagia, a key concept in 20th-century Latin American thought, through which intellectuals of the tropics would cannibalize European cultural references, while also bringing indigenous, Afro-Atlantic and local elements into their work.

Cannibalizing Modernism reproduces 233 paintings alongside documents and photographs.

One of the New York Times top Art Books of 2019.

Details
  • Author: Adriano Pedrosa
  • Hardcover: 360 pages 
  • Date published: December 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-8531000706
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.3 cm

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