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Cildo Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, 1948) is a key figure in conceptual art, having created some of the most politically revealing, aesthetically seductive, and philosophically fascinating works of the last five decades. As an artist, he inherited the legacy of Neo-Concretism, a Brazilian movement from the late 1950s that rejected the extreme rationalism of geometric abstraction in favor of creating more sensory works that demanded the viewer's participation and engaged both the body and the mind. The utopian optimism of the Neo-Concrete artists dissolved after the 1964 coup d'état, marking the beginning of an oppressive military regime. This book is a reissue of the catalog originally published on the occasion of the artist's exhibition at the IVAM Center of Came in 1995. It contains interviews and texts in which the artist reflects on the process of creation, the materials, and the meaning of each of the pieces that made up the exhibition. The cover of Alias's edition differs from that of the original publication at the request of the artist, who preferred to revisit the initial proposal of the catalog's designers.

"In a way, you become political when you don't have the opportunity to be poetic. I believe that human beings would undoubtedly prefer to be poetic." –CM.

"A work by Meireles often begins in a common place – generally with a familiar object or a childhood memory – but then it transforms into a perceptible, philosophical, even cosmological speculation, without losing its audacity and its roots in social reality, which is often very harsh but marked by human resistance and ingenuity." –Guy Brett

Publisher: Editorial Alias
Paperback Format: 14 x 21.5 cm
Weight: 300 g
Number of pages: 208
Genre: Art Language
Spanish Printing: One ink 2021, Printed in Mexico

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