Lygia Clark, ‘(Estudo) Superfície Modulada’, 1952, Alison Jacques Gallery

About Lygia Clark

Influenced by Constructivism and the Bauhaus, Lygia Clark is in turn remembered for her impact on various art historical movements, especially as a pioneer in participatory art. During her early career in the 1950s, Clark produced geometric, system-based paintings and Constructivist-influenced sculpture. Shortly after, along with artists Amilcar de Castro, Franz Weissmann, Lygia Pape, and poet Ferreira Gullar, Clark co-founded the Neo-Concrete movement. Around this time, she created her iconic “Bichos” (Beasts), metal sculptures that viewers were invited to rearrange. In the 1960s, her work took a conceptual turn as Clark began to create ephemeral and mutable objects. Her late work continued to investigate sensory perception and interaction along themes of psychotherapy and healing.

Brazilian, 1920-1988, Belo Horizonte, Brazil