The Myths of Hélio Oiticica

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This essay considers the work and legacy of the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, widely considered one of the most important Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Rather than describing Oiticica’s emblematic stature in the field, the essay explores the myths by which this role was achieved. These include myths that flourished around Oiticica’s work as well as the artist’s sustained engagement with the philosophical category of myth as such. Ultimately, the essay argues that Oiticica’s mobilization of a dynamic of myth and demythification - in turn part of what he would call his broader “program-in-progress” - is fundamental to constructing a radical historiography of Latin American art.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latina/o Art
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781118475430
ISBN (Print)9781118475409
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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