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Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Works of art from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean range from ancient cultures to cutting-edge artists of today. Among the highlights are the Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Gold and the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Latino artists.

 
© Analivia Cordeiro
 
 
WALDEMAR CORDEIRO
Brazilian, born Italy, 1925 - 1973
Idéia visível
Visible Idea
1956
Industrial latex paint on plywood laminate panel

3 9 1/2 x 39 9/16 in. (100.3 x 100.5 cm)

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean
 
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The Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Constructive Art

Waldemar Cordeiro—landscape designer, painter, electronic artist, theorist, and critic—was Brazilian on his father's side and Italian on his mother's. He studied in Italy and traveled in 1946 to Brazil, where he settled in São Paulo. In the 1950s he founded the Ruptura Group and wrote its manifesto, thus becoming a central figure in São Paulo's Concrete art movement. Cordeiro defended Concrete art's mathematical and rational principles in the face of the Rio de Janeiro Neo-Concrete group, which advocated a more sensorial and cognitive Geometric Abstraction. The concept behind the series Idéia visível (Visible Idea) clearly demonstrates that Cordeiro considered the object a mere concrete abstraction. 

Related ICAA documents:
Lothar Charroux et al., “Ruptura,” 1952 (record ID 771349)
“Concretistas na Galeria das ‘Folhas,’” 1959 (record ID 1232732)
Waldemar Cordeiro and Luís Sacilotto, “Exposição nacional de arte concreta: artes visuais poesia,” 1956 (record ID 1232176)