Lydia Okumura: Standing Points
The Piero Atchugarry Gallery presents Standing Points, a solo exhibition of seminal works by postmodern artist Lydia Okumura, including installation, sculpture and works on paper. Okumura began her career at the height of a twenty-one-year-long military dictatorship in Brazil, navigating the rise in censorship through collectivist projects and ephemeral installations. As part of the collective Equipe3, along with Genilson Soares and Francisco Iñarra, Okumura was invited to participate in the 1973 São Paulo Biennial, for which they created a site-specific abstract environment, Points of View. Intersecting two- and three-dimensional space through form and shading, the installation marked the artist’s departure from the dominant movements of Op Art and Kinetic Art, and the beginning of her signature style of Geometric Abstraction. For the past 50 years, Okumura has employed the pure formal aspects of Geometric Abstraction to deconstruct concepts of physical space, materiality and illusion. The inaugural show as a represented artist in Miami, Standing Points embraces Okumura’s multidimensional perspective, featuring her two- and three dimensional works as equals. In 2019 Okumura participated in “Women Geometers,” a group exhibition at Piero Atchugarry Gallery which recognized twelve Latin American artists for their groundbreaking contributions to the development of Geometric Abstraction. Her work is included in permanent collections of major institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museo de Arte Moderna, the Pinacoteca Museum in São Paulo, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and most recently the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), FL. Standing Points will debut on December 2nd with an opening week to coincide with Miami Art Week.