Mira Schendel. Untitled. 1964

Mira Schendel Untitled 1964

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For Schendel, 1964 was a year of daring artistic experimentation. She oscillated between representation and abstraction and explored new materials, such as rice paper and the red earth of São Paulo, which she mixed with her oil paints. Here, Schendel strips painting of its canvas to expose its coarse wooden stretcher hammered with nails. Crude yet vulnerable, this grid presents itself not as an optical schema but rather as a constructed object with a tactile dimension. The artist noted, “I give the utmost importance to [art] being manual like this, that it be handmade, that it be experienced.”

Gallery label from Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift, October 21, 2019–March 14, 2020
Medium
Oil and tempera on board and wood
Dimensions
57 7/8 × 44 7/8 × 13/16" (147 × 114 × 2 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund in honor of Andrea and José Olympio Pereira
Object number
865.2016
Copyright
© 2020 Estate of Mira Schendel
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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Provenance

The artist.
[Mario Schenberg, São Paulo]
2005 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased through Christie's, New York, Latin American Paintings, lot 55, November 15 - 16, 2005.
2016, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as promised gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Exhibition history

São Paulo, Fundación Casas das Rosas, "O Mundo de Mario Schemberg", 1996

Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, "The Geometry of Hope. Latin american abstract art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", February 20 - April 22, 2007 and tour:
New York, Grey Art Gallery New York University, September 12 - December 8, 2007

Stockholm, Moderna Museet, "Concrete Matters", February 24 - May 13, 2018

MoMA Exh. #2424: "Sur moderno: Journeys of Abstraction—The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Gift", 3rd Floor, 3 East, October 21, 2019 -

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