This work was discovered after Mira Schendel's death by her daughter. Comprised of 92 white-on-white monotypes and one black monotype, the installation is the culmination of Schendel's graphic objects series that launched her international career in 1964. The monotype technique she used consisted of spreading the paper over a smooth surface covered with paint and marking it on the back with some type of instrument. The sheets were then grouped, pressed between two sheets of acrylic, and suspended in order to be viewed from both sides. Although suggestive of writing, they are not intended to be read but rather experienced as texture and light.


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Artist
Mira Schendel (Myrrha Dagmar Dub), Brazilian, born Switzerland, 1919–1988
Title
Variantes
Variants
Date
1977
Medium
93 rice paper monotypes framed by plexiglass sheets and hung with acrylic thread
Dimensions
Dimensions variable
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2004.1701.1-.93
Classification
Sculpture
Provenance

The artist; [Galleria Millan, São Paulo]; sold to MFAH, 2004.