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Adele Edelen Nelson
Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education (Philadelphia, PA 19122-6003)
The Emergence of Abstract Art in Postwar Brazil

I seek support to complete research for my current book project. The book, tentatively titled Forming Abstraction: Art and Institutions in Postwar Brazil, illuminates how the practice and theory of abstract art developed in twentieth-century Brazil in close relation to the founding of several newly formed institutions for the collection, exhibition, and teaching of modern art. Challenging received wisdom, I will demonstrate that abstract art was not an imported phenomenon but one that emerged out of complex local conditions as politicians and art professionals ascribed an important role to culture in the negotiation of Brazil's return to democracy and the initiation of the Cold War. Ultimately, the project will establish that Brazil, often understood as a separate or special case in the Americas, was participating fully in the region's cultural trends in the postwar period.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2015 – 4/30/2015