Lygia Clark, MoMA exhibition, 2014
Google Doodle : Lygia Clark' 95th birthday
Today's Doodle celebrates the 95th birthday of artist Lygia Clark, famed Brazilian painter, sculptor and teacher born on 23 October 1920. The Doodle reflects his own distinct Neo-Concrete style.
Lygia Clark [1920-1988]
"We do everything so automatically that we have forgotten the poignancy of smell, of physical anguish, of tactile sensations of all kinds."
Lygia Clark was born in Belo Horizonte on October 23, 1920. A Brazilian artist best known for her painting and installation work.
Clark became an artist in 1947. In this year, she moved to Rio de Janeiro to study with Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. Between 1950 and 1952, she studied with Isaac Dobrinsky, Fernand Léger and Arpad Szenes in Paris.
In 1953, she became one of the founding members of Rio's Frente group of artists. In 1957, Clark participated in Rio de Janeiro's first National Concrete Art Exhibition. This would be one of Clark's frequent trips to Brazil in order to exhibit her artwork.
She was often associated with the Brazilian Constructivisme movements of the mid-20th century and the Tropicália movement.
Even with the changes in how she approached her artwork, Lygia did not stray far from her Constructivisme roots.
Lygia Clark, exhibition in New York
Along with Brazilian artists Amilcar de Castro, Franz Weissmann, Lygia Pape and poet Ferreira Gullar, Clark co-founded the Neo-Concrete movement.
The Neo-Concretists believed that art ought to be subjective and organic. Throughout her career trajectory, Clark discovered ways for museum goers (who would later be referred to as "participants") to interact with her art works.
She sought to redefine the relationship between art and society. Clark's works dealt with inner life and feelings.
Later in her career, Clark turned the evocative power of her art toward healing, and became a proponent and practitioner of art therapy. Her work focused on bodily awareness as well as unconscious sensory perception, the inner life, and emotions.
She died in Rio de Janeiro on April 25, 1988.
"Lygia Clarck was among the young Brazilian artists who, in the late 1950s and 60s, fostered a wider use of colour, greater sensuality, and poetic sentiment in concrete art, drawing inspiration from artists like Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich."
Lygia Clark, MoMA exhibition
“Art is not bourgeois mystification. What has changed is the form of communicating the proposition. It’s you who now give expression to my thoughts, to draw from them whatever vital experience you want."
Doodles! Well doodles are a awesome digital resource to integrate into the curriculum and surprise the students as a motivation to awake their curiosity. Students love be suprised during lessons. Something rather new, unexpected is just the right tip.
Love Google doodles! Doodles combine creativity, curiosity, digital skills, culture and a surprising motivation to a different start of an interesting lesson, You must think about it.
My usual readers know how I support an entire education in school. STEM are crucial, Literature and Languages are essential, we can't develop digital skills without those curriculum. And Arts ! Oh Art is the first, huge step towards a new futur to gifted kids.
All over the years, you read my thoughts about the importance of Arts in School Education, no matter the art fields: Music ; Dancing ; Painting ; Literature ; Sculpture, Architecture.
Arts are absolutely necessary to a complete and better education of children and young adolescents. During Secondary education, some students discover their inner path in Arts and later they will choose Arts education in colleges and higher schools of Arts to develop their aptitude by a real learning.
Here, a good introduction to Non-Concrete art. Of course each teacher must prepare and adapt the activities to the level they are teaching.
Digital Resources: Teachers & students
- MoMA: The World of Lygia Clark
Digital culture is well-come into the the classroom as important tools to tackle the world's toughest problems creating bridges and establish a truly intercultural world, where diversity can be celebrated, a world where different cultures not only coexist but value each other for their contributions and potential.
Level: All levels. Focus on Arts (Vocational Education) ; School of Arts (Higher Education.
Curricula: Arts ; Design ; Digital Arts.
Secondary education: cross-curricular (Literature, Arts, Music).
"The instant of the act is not renewable. It exists by itself: to repeat it is to give it another meaning. It doesn’t contain any trace of past perceptions. It’s another moment. At the very moment in which it happens it is already a thing-in-itself. Only the instant of the act is life."
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