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The Uroborus Effect: Brazilian Contemporary Art as Self-Consuming

Asbury, Michael (2012) The Uroborus Effect: Brazilian Contemporary Art as Self-Consuming. Third Text, 26 (1). pp. 141-147. ISSN 0952-8822

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Asbury, Michael

This article explores some contradictions that arise from the recent prominence of Brazilian contemporary art within the international art circuit. One can note on the one hand a denial of any specificity relating to notions of national identity, while on the other this new globalised condition is defended by the incorporation of theories emerging from the struggles against cultural derivation from European modernism. The contradiction pertains to the fact that such theories were themselves elaborated on the assertion of cultural specificity.

The article concludes that instead of using the presence of contemporary Brazilian art within the international circuit of art fairs, biennials, European and North American museum collections as a gauge for its recognition and pertinence within the new global order, a more productive means of assessing its standing within the international context would be to analyse the state of consolidation of collections and art historical narratives within the national context.

Official Website: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09528822.2012.641223
Additional Information (Publicly available):

This article was published in a special issue of the journal Third Text: ‘Bursting on the Scene’: Looking Back at Brazilian Art.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Gerardo Mosquera, Adriano Pedrosa, anthropophagy, Uroborus, Max Bill, Brazilian contemporary art, modernism, MoMA, identity politics, globalisation
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge/Taylor & Francis
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 16 February 2012
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/09528822.2012.641223
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2015 10:06
Item ID: 8502
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/8502

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