This proposal is an offshoot of the project "Shadow of freedom: discourses about Brasil and the world in the 1950s visual arts". Both projects investigate the discourses and canvases that the agents of the Brazilian artistic world (critics and painters) developed, in Brazil between 1950 and 1960, about so-called informal abstractions, lyrical abstractions or tachismes. These artistic modalities were presented in the country since the first Biennial but only started to stand out after the fourth edition, when the United States of America presented a retrospective of Jackson Pollock.If there was an obvious dialogue between Brazilian and North American agents, the artists and critics have preferably used French references to name this style (tachismes) and to develop their way of painting. As foreseen in the original project, an international internship would comprehend one year and of researches with purpose of: (1) enabling the consultation of documents concerning the relationship between Brazilian and foreign agents which are preserved at international institutions; (2) analyzing the works of artists who have served as reference for critics and local artists; and (3) developing, under the supervision of Catherine Dossin, at the Liberal Art College, Purdue Univesity - USA, a reflection on the role of Brazil in the international circulation of art works and artistic ideas.
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