Edited by Glória Ferreira and Paulo Herkenhoff with contributions by Aracy Amaral, Otília Arantes, Dore Ashton, Catherine Bompuis, Kaira Cabañas, Lauro Cavalcanti, Marcio Doctors, and Adele Nelson
This latest volume in MoMA's Primary Documents series provides an anthology of the writings of Mário Pedrosa, Brazil's preeminent critic of art, culture, and politics and one of Latin America's most frequently cited public intellectuals. It is the first publication to provide comprehensive English translations of Pedrosa's writings, which are indispensable to understanding Brazilian art of the twentieth century. Included texts range from art and architectural criticism and theory to political writings as well as correspondence with his artistic and political interlocutors, among them such luminaries as André Breton, Alexander Calder, Lygia Clark, Ferreira Gullar, Oscar Niemeyer, Hélio Oiticica, Pablo Picasso, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Harald Szeeman, and Leon Trotsky.
The book also features newly commissioned essays by important scholars in the field that contextualize central themes of Pedrosa's writing and frame the importance of Pedrosa's contribution to twentieth-century Brazilian art as well as the history of modernism writ large. These new translations will contribute to the international recognition of Mário Pedrosa's importance to the growing fields of global art history and theory.
Reviews and Awards:
"Mário Pedrosa was one of the twentieth century's foremost art critics, philosophers, historians, and museum directors. His writings fashioned many of the principal directions of Brazilian visual cultures throughout the 1940s and beyond- a critical time of change from the modes of modernism and social realism into the era of Constructivism, Conceptualism, and other avant-garde trends. Until now, his work was almost exclusively known to readers of his native language, Portuguese. This book, with its thoughtful English translations, is a landmark in modern art history and provides a window into the highly original perceptions and opinions of an extraordinary thinker."
- Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Science, New York University
"Expertly edited and superbly translated, this long-awaited anthology of the writings of one of the most important art critics of the mid-twentieth century is certain to transform the study of Latin American art in very significant ways."
- Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History, Barnard College/Columbia University