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Estate of Hélio Oiticica, One of Latin America’s Most Important Modernists, Goes to Lisson Gallery

Hélio Oiticica may have lived to be just 42 years old, but over the course of his short career, his restlessly inventive spirit made him one of the most important Latin American artists of all time. He effectively helped define modern art in his home country, Brazil, though his interest in chance operations and utopian societies earned him a global audience. And now a major gallery is taking on the artist’s estate with the hope of growing that audience even more.

Lisson Gallery, which has five spaces spread across New York, London, and Shanghai, will now represent the Oiticica estate worldwide. Through the new arrangement, Galerie Lelong & Co., which has long shown Oiticica’s work, will no longer represent the estate.

Alex Logsdail, the director of Lisson, told ARTnews that the gallery’s interest in the artist goes back decades—almost to its very beginnings. “My father, Nicholas, saw his show at Whitechapel [Gallery in London] in 1969, two years after the gallery opened,” Logsdail said. “He was somewhat intimidated by him at the time—he was a wild guy. So, it’s been a long time.”

Oiticica may be best known for works that seek to merge painting and sculpture with everyday life. Having started as a painter with the Group Frente movement during mid-1950s in Rio de Janeiro, he went on to create three-dimensional abstractions that are associated with the Neo-Concretist movement. Many of these pieces feature brightly colored geometric forms that seem to fold or hang above viewers; some even appear to move as people walk past them.

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