Lygia Clark: Alison Jacques Gallery




My glasses looking at Casulo
Photograph by Robin Tomens


There are so many art galleries around the back of Oxford Street now which weren't there when I lived in Fitzrovia in the late 80s. Back then it was mainly an area for the wholesale clothing industry which it still is in part. So this is the area we went to on Saturday to catch the last day of the Lygia Clark show at the Alison Jacques Gallery in Berners Street.

Lygia was part of the Brazilian concrete art movement of the 1950s but was looking for ways to achieve greater sensuality, feeling and movement into the style within a neo-concrete splinter group.

I believe that her greatest achievement is in the sensuality of the work. Wonderful pairings of shiny white gloss industrial paint set against matte black in some of her relief works with such wonderful cracks and ageing, surprisingly working very well with such extreme modernism.



Superficie Modulada
1958

Beautiful three dimensional maquettes for interiors envisioning sliding walls and wonderful wall reliefs which form part of her development in making hinged works that could be manipulated into one's desired shape.



Construa voce Mesmo seu Espaco para Viver
1955
(Includes Robin peeking through the window)




My shadow observing Casulo (Study)
Wall relief in Metal
1959

Very enjoyable. I wonder what's coming up next at this gallery?




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