During his lifetime, Hélio Oiticica exhibited
in major art centers in London and New
York, including Whitechapel Gallery and the
Museum of Modern Art, where he took part
in the 1970 exhibition “Information.” That
same year, he received a Gug genheim Fellowship
and settled in New York for the following
eight years. He was also a prolific
writer of manifestos and artist statements.
Notwithstanding this activity, the Brazilian
artist remains relatively unknown, maybe
because of his premature death in 1980.
Early in the ’90s, renewed interest in his
work resulted in a series of retrospectives,
catalogues, and scholarly studies delving
into the aesthetic, philosophical, and social
aspects of his trajectory. Researchers still
think that some parts of his work haven’t
been adequately studied. The influential 1960s movement that
identified “art as life” was led by a group
of artists who claimed public and unusual
spaces as ideal stages for experiencing art...see the entire article in the print version of October's Sculpture magazine.
P58 Spatial Relief, Red, 1960. View of installation at Galeria G-4, Rio de Janeiro, 1966.