Argentine artist León Ferrari and Swiss-born, Brazilian artist Mira Schendel are among the most significant Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Active in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil, they worked independently of each other, producing an oeuvre that privileges language visually and as subject matter. Emerging during a period when many intellectuals made language a paradigm for thought and for the world itself, Ferrari and Schendel used language not merely as a vehicle for expressing concepts or ideas but as an almost physical medium to shape and mold. Unlike Conceptual artists, their contemporaries in North America and Europe, Ferrari and Schendel addressed language and art in their most concrete forms, and introduced the challenges of life into art as its content. Tangled Alphabets: León Ferrari and Mira Schendel is the first major exhibition of their work in the United States.
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