Each of Mira Schendel’s one hundred and eighty rice paper monotypes in this publication is delicately reproduced in reduced facsimile on a light, thin paper. This attention to material pays tribute to the artist’s exploration of the permeable boundary between front and back in her work, while also echoing the artist’s play with medium and technique. Featuring a text from curator Taisa Palhares, the book highlights the Brazilian artist’s prolific and considered artistic practice from 1964 and 1965, which was the focus of the show at Hauser & Wirth in London from January to March 2015.
Mira Schendel is one of the most significant artists to emerge from Latin America during the twentieth century. Born in Switzerland in 1919, Schendel emigrated to Brazil from Europe in 1949, ultimately settling in São Paulo in 1953, where she swiftly occupied a leading place in the country’s vibrant post-war artistic scene.