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Cildo Meireles

Cildo Meireles

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Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles, born in 1948, has made some of the most politically telling and aesthetically seductive works in recent art. An important theme in the Brazilian post-war Avante Garde, from which Meireles emerged at the end of the 1960s, was the relationship between the sensual and cerebral, the body and the mind. Meireles, now acknowledged as a key instigator of international conceptual art has remained true to these concerns- and to a political and ethical viewpoint formed outside the cultures of plenty. At the same time, he has become a global artist, making work that deals with issues and experiences that affect us all- whatever our country of origin. Under the repressive military regime of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which controlled the Brazillian media, Meireles found different ways of reaching the public-stamping banknotes with seditious slogans and returning them into circulation or stenciling Coke bottles with slogans before sending them back to the bottling plant. Other works play with the sense of space and scale, varying in size from that of a finger-ring to an installation covering almost 750 square feet. His installations are always designed to heighten the awareness of his audience, sometimes by including fear, as in "Volatile" (1980/94), which includes the presence of a naked candle and the smell of natural gas. "Babel" (2001) is a contemporary myth on the tower that confounded the world's languages. Lavishly illustrated, this volume includes 10 short thematic essays by leading scholars-including Moacir dos Anjos, Guy Brett, Okqui Enwezor, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Bartomeu Mar', Lu Menezes, Suely Rolnik, Sonia Salzstein, and Lynn Zelevansky.


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