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Lygia Clark
Sem titulo, 1952
Graphite, paper
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches
(21 x 27 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark (1920–1988) is one of the preeminent artists of the twentieth century, whose pioneering body of work reimagined the relationship between audience and the art object. A founding member of the 1950s Brazilian Neoconcretist movement, Clark proposed a radical approach to thinking about painting by treating its pictorial surface as if it were a three-dimensional architectural space. Experimenting with modulations of form, color, and plane, her early abstract works harbored compositions that challenged the canvas’s edge and extended the visual field of painting into the physical realm of the viewer. Her iconic Bichos, or sculptures constructed out of hinged metal planes, allowed for the audience to exercise authorship through participation. Clark’s reliance on the viewer to steer her sculptures through many possible configurations not only jeopardized the autonomy of the art object itself, but also reconfigured her art as a performative, time-based event. Shifting her focus towards phenomenology and what would later be termed social practice, she invited her audience to engage with objects that triggered sensations and personal memories, and heightened the viewer’s awareness of self. Throughout her lifetime, Clark would remain a seminal figure of the international avant-garde, impacting future generations of artists with her transformative ideas surrounding the body, its presence, and agency within a given environment.

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Lygia Clark 
Planos em superficie modulada, 1952
Gouache on cardboard
9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches
(25 x 34 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Retrospective exhibitions dedicated to Lygia Clark’s work include the critically acclaimed exhibition Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art 1948-1988, curated by Connie Butler and Luis Pérez-Oramas, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2014; Lygia Clark: A Retrospective, curated by Felipe Scovino and Paulo Sergio Duarte, at the Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil in 2012; and Lygia Clark, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona in 1997, which travelled to the Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille, France; Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; and the Imperial Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2020 the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum presented Lygia Clark: Painting as an Experimental Field, 1948 – 1958, a major exhibition focusing on works from the formative years of the artist’s career. Important solo and group exhibitions during Clark’s lifetime include the early São Paulo Biennials (1953-1967); the Second Pilot Show of Kinetic Work, curated by Guy Brett at Signals Gallery, London in 1962; and a presentation, alongside Mira Schendel, at the XXXIV Bienale di Venezia in 1968. Clark’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid; the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro, among others.

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Lygia Clark
Sem titulo (Untitled), 1952 
Graphite, paper
12 3/8 x 8 3/4 inches
(31.5 x 22.1 cm)

© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Superficie Modulada, 1958/84
Industrial ink on wood
16 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches
(42 x 63 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Espaço Modulado, 1958
Wood, collage of card
7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches
(20 x 20 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark
Planos em Superficie Modulada, 1957
Card, graphite, gouache
9 7/8 x 13 3/4 inches
(25 x 35 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Quebra da Moldura, 1954
Collage of card
21 1/4 x 19 3/8 inches
(54 x 49 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Planos em superficie modulada, 1952
Gouache on cardboard
9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches
(25 x 34 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Composiçao, 1952
Gouache on paper
Framed 20 x 22 13/16 inches
(51 x 58 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Sem titulo, 1952
Graphite, paper
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches
(21 x 27 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark
Sem titulo, 1952
Graphite, paper
13 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
(33 1/2 x 26 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Superficie Modulada, 1955
Gouache on paper
8 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
(21 1/5 x 42 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark
Composição (Composition), 1953
Oil on canvas
31 3/4 x 45 15/16 inches
(80 3/4 x 116 3/4 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Superficie Modulada, 1955/57
Industrial paint on Eucatex
24 5/16 x 36 1/16 inches
(62 x 96 1/2 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Espaço Modulado, 1958
Collage, cardboard
9 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches
(24 3/4 x 10 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Espaço Modulado, 1958
Collage, cardboard
11 3/4 x 4 inches
(29 3/4 x 10 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Espaço Modulado, 1958
Collage, cardboard
11 5/8 x 3 7/8 inches
(29 1/2 x 9 3/4 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Espaço Modulado, 1958
Collage, cardboard, framed
18 11/16 x 16 11/16 inches
(47 1/2 x 42 1/2 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 
Bicho, 1960
Aluminum
7 7/8 x 13 x 7 1/8 inches
(20 x 33 x 18 cm)
© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 

Estruturas de Caixa de Fósforos [Matchbox Structures], 1964

Black gouache paint, matchboxes and glue

3 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 2 inches

(8 x 14 x 5 cm)

 

© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 

Estruturas de Caixa de Fósforos, 1964

Silver gouache paint, matchboxes, glue

2 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 inches

(7 x 12 x 5 cm)

 

© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

Lygia Clark 

Estruturas de Caixa de Fósforos, 1964

Red gouache, matchboxes, glue

3 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 2 inches 

(9 x 9.5 x 5 cm)

 

© O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro

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