Neo-Concretism and Minimalism: Comparative Studies

Art History and Criticism


The research is based on the analysis of the artistic, theoretical and critical production linked to the genesis and development of neo-concretism in Brazil and of minimalism in the United States, as well as of the historiographical production that aims to articulate them with adequate and enlarged contexts. As in all comparatist proposals, analogies, similarities and differences between the objects studied are allowed. Some of these similarities are evident, namely the period of the two productions between the end of the 1950s and the following decade; use of geometric vocabulary; involvement, through practical and theoretical ways, with the dissolution of boundaries between painting, sculpture, object and environment; emphasis on the relationships between body, time and experience in art. But their differences are also striking, such as distinct artistic and cultural contexts and their relationships with local traditions and European matrices; distinct dialogues and theoretical-philosophical contributions that impose the relativization of the similarities aforementioned.