The Non-Object and Its Vicissitudes in Late-Twentieth Century Brazilian Art

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Disappearing Object/Disappeared Object , 2002 © Courtesy of the Artist and Stanford University Department of Art & Art History
The Non-Object and Its Vicissitudes in Late-Twentieth Century Brazilian Art

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Alexander Alberro's paper takes as its starting point one of the more provocative artworks featured at the Documenta 11 exhibition of 2002, the artist Cildo Meireles’s Disappearing Element/Disappeared Element. The paper addresses several of the ways in which this inherently participatory and ultimately ephemeral artwork mediates a Brazilian legacy of art practice that sought to get beyond the traditional limitations of the aesthetic object and the institutional framework of  art.

Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York, is the author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity (2004). He has published in a broad array of journals and exhibition catalogues, and edited a number of books on contemporary art, most recently The Ruin of Exchange (2012), Institutional Critique (2009), and Art After Conceptual Art (2007). Alberro's areas of specialization are modern and contemporary European, U.S., and Latin American art, as well as the history of photography. He is presently completing a book-length study of the emergence and development of abstract art in Latin America, and beginning to work on a volume that explores the new forms of art and spectatorship that have crystallized in the past two decades.

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