Mira Schendel Untitled from the series Droguinhas (Little Nothings) c.1964-66

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In the mid-1960s, Schendel produced a series of three-dimensional works made of knotted rice paper she had intertwined by hand. She thought of them as ephemeral sculpturesnot meant to lastand called them Droguinhas (literally "little drugs"), a Brazilian slang expression that means "nothing"or indicates something worthless. Schendel, one of the major figures of postwar Brazilian art, was also a trained philosopher and poet. She used her art to address existential questions and to subvert the traditional hierarchies between artistic mediums.

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Japanese paper
Dimensions variable, approximately 35 1/2 x 27 1/2" (90 x 70 cm)
Scott Burton Fund
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© 2019 Estate of Mira Schendel
Painting and Sculpture

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