The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York is presenting a major retrospective on the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980). It is the first show in the United States to survey Oiticica’s entire career and also one of the very few devoted to a foreign artist at the Whitney, an institution focused on the promotion of American art. The show highlights the formative years that Oiticica spent in New York (almost a decade) and traces the influence that his work and ideas had in the American art scene.
One of the most original artists of the twentieth century, Oiticica made art that awakens us to our bodies, our senses, our feelings about being in the world: art that challenges us to assume a more active role. Beginning with geometric investigations in painting and drawing, Oiticica soon shifted to sculpture, architectural installations, writing, film, and large-scale environments of an increasingly immersive nature, works that transformed the viewer from a spectator into an active participant.
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Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
July 14- October 1, 2017