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Aspen Art Museum


Ernesto Neto: Gratitude

Jun 6, 2014-Sep 7, 2014
Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (born 1964, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has achieved international acclaim for his large-scale, immersive environments that alter and heighten our perceptions of our surroundings. Often involving stretchy, semitransparent fabric, aromatic spices, and, more recently, crochet, Neto’s installations have an organic, biomorphic character evoking skin and internal bodily systems. Neto challenges the notion of sculpture as static object and investigates the ways that alterations to space and environment transform the relations between people. In engaging with this dialogue, Neto draws on and extends both the abstract modernism of Alexander Calder, Hans Arp, and Constantin Brancusi, and the sensuous, performative practices of such Brazilian predecessors as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. Spanning both the AAM upper and lower galleries, Neto’s exhibition presents visitors with an opportunity to slow down, pause, and rediscover the essential qualities of sensory experience.
Ernesto Neto: Gratitude is organized by the AAM and funded in part by the AAM National Council and the Diane and Bruce T. Halle Foundation for Latin American Art. Additional support is generously provided by Sally and Steve Hansen and Katie and Amnon Rodan. General exhibition support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Exhibition lectures are presented as part of the Questrom Lecture Series, and educational outreach programming is made possible by the Questrom Education Fund.