Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, says there are no circles in the painting. Lima painted different-size squares and rectangles side-by-side to give the appearance of a vortex.
The work is just one of many on view in Dimensions of Constructive Art in Brazil: The Adolpho Leirner Collection that trick the eye and engage the mind. Waldemar Cordeiros painting Idéia visível features black lines intersecting over a white background; its up to the viewer to determine whether theyre pointing up, down or neither. Other visually stimulating works include Lygia Clarks Trepante, a shiny hunk of metal wound around a piece of wood, and Abraham Palatniks Aparelho cinecromático, a shadowy box featuring rods, balls and blades moving about, thanks to a small motor, in front of colored lights and behind a translucent canvas.
May 20-Sept. 9