Art Institute of Chicago/MoMA Tarsila do Amaral : Inventing Modern Art in Brazil exhibition catalogue

Tarsila do Amaral : Inventing Modern Art in Brazil

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This handsome book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago and MoMA, explores the innovative, quintessentially Brazilian painter, Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973), who was a central figure at the genesis of modern art in her native Brazil. Tarsila synthesized avant-garde aesthetics with Brazilian subjects, creating stylized, exaggerated figures and landscapes inspired by her native country that were powerful emblems of the Brazilian modernist project known as Antropofagia.

The book establishes her rich background in European modernism, which included associations in Paris with artists Fernand Leger and Constantin Brancusi, dealer Ambroise Vollard, and poet Blaise Cendrars. Featuring a selection of Tarsila's major paintings, this important volume conveys her vital role in the emerging modern-art scene of Brazil, the community of artists and writers (including poets Oswald de Andrade and Mario de Andrade) with whom she explored and developed a Brazilian modernism, and how she was subsequently embraced as a national cultural icon. At the same time, an analysis of Tarsila's legacy questions traditional perceptions of the 20th-century art world and asserts the significant role that Tarsila and others in Latin America had in shaping the global trajectory of modernism.

  • Authors: Stephanie D'Alessandro and Luis Pérez-Oramas
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: December 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300228618
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 cm

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