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Citoanima Demopylea

© Ernesto Neto

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© Ernesto Neto

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Ernesto Neto

Brazilian, born 1964

Citoanima Demopylea, 2003

Lycra tulle, Styrofoam, and wooden pegs

overall: 202 x 122 x 4 inches (513.08 x 309.88 x 10.16 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, 2005

2005:35

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Provenance

October 18, 2005, sold by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Sculpture (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Ernesto Neto addresses concepts of social interaction in large-scale, site-specific installations that engage multiple senses and often invite interaction. He deliberately contrasts the organic and the synthetic in the materials he chooses for these works. Frequently, he creates his compositions from stretchable materials filled with either scented spices or, as in Citoanima Demopylea, with foam to create biomorphic abstractions that reference the body. Sprawling wall works such as this draw on Neto's affinity for minimalist sculpture and the creations of the Brazilian avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, which combined radical artistic innovations with an engagement in political, social, and ethical issues. The striking and transgressive nature of Neto’s work can remove visitors from the monotonous flow of everyday life, providing an opportunity to slow down and reconnect with the world around them.

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