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Hélio Oiticica, ‘Metaesquema 4066’, 1958, Whitney Museum of American Art
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Hélio Oiticica

Metaesquema 4066, 1958

Gouache on cardboard
21 × 22 7/8 in
53.3 × 58.1 cm
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About the work
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of the Oiticica family

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Painting
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© The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY
Hélio Oiticica
Brazilian, 1937–1980
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A prominent figure in the modernist Brazilian avant-garde of the 1950s and ’60s, Hélio Oiticica produced paintings in the Neo-Constructivist style of geometric abstraction, experimenting with color, form, and material. Oiticica’s Metaesquemas (1957–8), painted in gouache on cardboard, are grids of rectangular or rhomboidal shapes in variations of blue, red, and black; the shapes often appear to mirror each other bilaterally, but on closer inspection conform to more complex patterns. He also produced three-dimensional works, often crude painted boxes suspended in space and painted in warm hues of red, yellow, and orange. Oiticica’s Parangoles (1964–8), multicolored versions of carnival costumes, were the product of time spent living among the inhabitants of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He and his younger brother Cesar studied under Ivan Serpa and were associated with Serpa’s Grupo Frente, a loose collective of artists that also included Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape. Modernists Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Kasimir Malevich were also major influences on Oiticica’s work.

Hélio Oiticica, ‘Metaesquema 4066’, 1958, Whitney Museum of American Art
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About the work
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of the Oiticica family

Medium
Painting
Image rights
© The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY
Hélio Oiticica
Brazilian, 1937–1980
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A prominent figure in the modernist Brazilian avant-garde of the 1950s and ’60s, Hélio Oiticica produced paintings in the Neo-Constructivist style of geometric abstraction, experimenting with color, form, and material. Oiticica’s Metaesquemas (1957–8), painted in gouache on cardboard, are grids of rectangular or rhomboidal shapes in variations of blue, red, and black; the shapes often appear to mirror each other bilaterally, but on closer inspection conform to more complex patterns. He also produced three-dimensional works, often crude painted boxes suspended in space and painted in warm hues of red, yellow, and orange. Oiticica’s Parangoles (1964–8), multicolored versions of carnival costumes, were the product of time spent living among the inhabitants of favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He and his younger brother Cesar studied under Ivan Serpa and were associated with Serpa’s Grupo Frente, a loose collective of artists that also included Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape. Modernists Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Kasimir Malevich were also major influences on Oiticica’s work.

Hélio Oiticica

Metaesquema 4066, 1958

Gouache on cardboard
21 × 22 7/8 in
53.3 × 58.1 cm
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