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Art Break: Brazilian Artist Lygia Clark at Luhring Augustine

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, June 5, 2017

This week Art Break brings you a selection of art and social/political movements with strong roots in South America and the Caribbean. From the activism of The Loisaida Center to the commentary on environmental issues by Henrique Oliveira, this part of the globe has always been assertive and creative in expressing its views. Our Chelsea pick is a fine example: Lygia Clark was an artist whose work in the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement became internationally respected. Even now, her work is a touchstone for avant-garde artists as well as collectors around the world. Go see how these works changed perceptions on what modern art was and could be. As always, all of our listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: The Loisaida Center, 710 East 9th Street (near Avenue C)

When: Now through June 30, Thu – Sat: 12-6

Who: La Lucha Continua (The Struggle Continues): 1985 & 2017

What: Mural art that expressed the needs of an underserved population

Why: A political art project that may be physically gone but not forgotten

Bonus tip: Check out this short documentary about the project 

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street

When: Now through June 17, Tues-Sat: 10-6

Who: Lygia Clark: Modulated Space

What: 20th century Brazilian artist who worked in a variety of mediums

Why: Her thinking influenced generations of avant-garde artists around the world

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building (the one with the lions), Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

When: Now through June 28, Mon: 10-6, Tue – Wed: 10-8, Thu – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 1-5

Who: Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs

What: Over 100 photographs from the 19th through 21st centuries

Why: Explore the variety of images from an outstanding collection

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Van de Weghe Fine Art, 1018 Madison Avenue (at 78th Street)

When: Now through June 30, Mon – Fri: 10-6

Who: Henrique Oliveira

What: Sculptures created from found materials

Why: A meditation on nature and environmental decay caused by humans


Cover: Lygia Clark ‘Bicho,’ 1960; Aluminum; © O Mundo de Lygia Clark-Associação Cultural, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy: Luhring Augustine, New York and Alison Jacques Gallery, London.


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