Jac Leirner in conversation with/en conversación con Adele Nelson
Jac Leirner in conversation with/en conversación con Adele Nelson presents an extended dialogue between the Brazilian conceptual artist, Jac Leirner (b. 1961), and writer and art historian Adele Nelson, with an introductory essay by Robert Storr. Leirner’s meticulously constructed works carve out a place for commonplace objects, from cigarette packs and plastic shopping bags to cutlery and currency. In this, the first in-depth study of Leirner’s creative process, Nelson interviews the artist about more than two decades of production.
Jac Leirner, born in 1961 in São Paulo, emerged in the early 1990s at the forefront of a new transnational generation of artists looking to the art of the 1960s and 1970s as a point of departure.
The digital version of this book boasts multiple and close-up views of single artworks and installations; a video of Leirner and her band that provides a glimpse of the São Paolo punk scene in the 1980s which shaped her artistic sensibility, et al.
About the authors:
Adele Nelson is an assistant professor of art history at Temple University and specialist in modern and contemporary art of Brazil. She received a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. From 2006 to 2009 she was a curatorial assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has taught at the City College of New York, New York University, and Southern Methodist University.
Robert Storr is an artist, critic, curator, and, since 2006, Dean of the Yale School of Art. From 1990 to 2002 he was Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, stepping down as Senior Curator in 2002. In his introductory essay he offers readers an insight into Leirner’s pivotal role as a breakthrough artist who paved the way for many artists to develop their careers without conforming to other people’s expectations of Latin America.