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Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World
Edited and introduction by Cliff Lauson. Text by Moacir dos Anjos, Philip Ursprung. Interview by Ralph Rugoff.
Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (born 1964) draws on a variety of sources for inspiration, ranging from the natural world to department stores, modernists like Alexander Calder and Constantin Brancusi to Brazilian predecessors like Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Neto's multi-sensory environments exist, in the artist's words, "as a place of sensations, a place of exchange and continuity between people." This important survey is published to accompany an exhibition at London's Hayward Gallery, in which Neto reimagines the gallery's concrete spaces and brutalist architecture with a new site-specific commission and a number of new sculptural works. The artist's works incorporate the Hayward's outdoor sculpture terraces, creating an interrelated series of spaces in which the relationships between inside and outside are provocatively reconfigured. Spanning Neto's career to date, this publication contains texts by key international scholars.
Featured image, reproduced from Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World is an installation view of Neto's 2010 installation of the same name at London's Hayward Gallery.
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FROM THE BOOK
"Many people talk about my work as being 'fun,' but I don't think it's really about that. Sometimes it's true that you have a lot of children jumping from here to there in a piece of mine and so it seems that way, but when there are no children it's easier to see, perhaps, that my work is about time, having time to breathe and think. What's interesting today is that you have to create a space to be able to think. Our lives are so busy, there's so much information coming at us all the time…before, we just had the priest telling us what we had to do. Now we have people on TV and in the movies always telling us what to do, as well as artists and intellectuals--though the intellectuals, to my thinking, seem totally lost right now. They're freezing in their academies, very afraid about the world, building these beautiful constructions, but you know, they don't want to get dirty. Me, I like to get dirty. That's why I like to go to the beach."
Ernesto Neto, excerpted from "Ernesto Neto.
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