Judith Lauand: Concrete Detour
Published by Museu de Arte de São Paulo/KMEC Books.
Edited with text by Adriano Pedrosa, Fernando Oliva. Text by Aliza Edelman, Celso Fioravante, Eva-Marina Froitzheim, Heloisa Espada, Matheus de Andrade, Paulo Herkenhoff, Talita Trizoli.
A long-overdue introduction to the Brazilian Concrete art protagonist and Grupo Ruptura member
Brazilian painter and printmaker Judith Lauand (born 1922) is regarded as a key figure of Concrete art. Lauand is the only woman to have participated in Grupo Ruptura, a collective of artists that pioneered Concretism in Brazil, which counted such luminaries as Waldemar Cordeiro, Luiz Sacilotto, Geraldo de Barros, Lotar Charoux and Anatol Wladyslaw among its ranks. Lauand, initially self-taught, moved to São Paulo in the 1950s and encountered Concrete art while working at the 2nd Bienal Internacional. She then quickly delved into the movement, holding a solo show within the same year.
This survey follows Lauand’s tremendous oeuvre across five decades, paying particular attention to her engagement with the Concrete movement. The catalog cover is rendered in striking Concrete style, lined with squares and enclosed within a black slipcase dotted with geometric cutouts.