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Back to Blog February 20, 2023

Mariola Alvarez publishes book on Neoconcretism

Author: Jane DeRose Evans
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Alvarez's book, The Affinity of Neoconcretism: Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Brazilian Modernism, 1954–1964, has been published by University of California Press.

About the Book

The 1950s and early 1960s in Brazil gave birth to a period of incredible optimism and economic development. In The Affinity of Neoconcretism, Mariola V. Alvarez argues that the Neoconcretists—a group of artists and poets working together in Rio de Janeiro from 1959 to 1961—formed an important part of this national transformation. She maps the interactions of the Neoconcretists and discusses how the artists and poets collaborated to challenge existing divides between high and low art and between fields such as fine art and dance. This book reveals how art and intellectual work in Brazil occurred within a local political and social context and also emerged from the transnational movement of artists, artworks, published materials, and ideas.