Lygia Clark. Poetic Shelter. 1964

Lygia Clark Poetic Shelter 1964

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 East The Robert B. Menschel Galleries

In 1960 Clark began to produce movable metal sculptures that could be modified by the spectator from three–dimensional planes to flat reliefs. She titled this series Bichos (Critters), making reference to animals and organic structures, as in her sculpture Sundial. Poetic Shelter is a key piece, leading to the conclusion of the series by privileging space over flatness and presenting construction as a form of shelter. In this work, as in her drawings, Clark liberates plane and line from their inanimate condition and recovers their vitality through movement and transformation in space.

Gallery label from New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930–2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions, November 21, 2007–February 25, 2008.
Medium
Painted metal
Dimensions
5 1/2 x 24 x 20 1/8" (14 x 63 x 51 cm)
Credit
Gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros in honor of Milan Hughston
Object number
313.2004
Department
Painting and Sculpture
The artist.
[Alvaro Clark, inherited from the artist]
? - 1997, Galeria César Aché, Río de Janeiro (archival code #582).
1997 - 2016, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, and Caracas, purchased through Galeria César Aché.
2004, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros .
MoMA Exh. #1993: "Live/Work: Performance into Drawing", 3rd Floor, The Paul J. Sachs Drawing Galleries, January 31 - May 21, 2007

MoMA Exh. #2022: "New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions", 3rd Floor, November 21, 2007 - February 25, 2008

Albany, New York State Museum, "Latin American and Caribbean Art: Selected Highlights from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art", May 17 - October 13, 2008

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, "La invención concreta. Collección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros", January 22 - September 16, 2013

MoMA Exh. #2286: “Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988”, 6th Floor, The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery, May 10 – August 24, 2014

MoMA Exh. #2335: "Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980", 6th Floor, The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Gallery, September 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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