Edited by Glória Ferreira and Paulo Herkenhoff. With translations by Stephen Berg
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. 464 pp.; 72 illus.
This volume is part of MoMA Primary Documents, an ongoing publication series by the International Program of The Museum of Modern Art that makes crucial art historical writings from regions outside the United States available in English. View the entire series here.
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