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Fundacion Cisneros / Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Publish Jac Leirner in conversation with Adele Nelson


The Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros announce Jac Leirner in conversation with/en conversación con Adele Nelson, the third title in the CONVERSACIONES/CONVERSATIONS series. The 200-page bilingual (English-Spanish) book presents an extended dialogue between the Brazilian conceptual artist, Jac Leirner, and writer and art historian Adele Nelson. The book includes an introductory essay by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art.

Jac Leirner (born 1961) 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. 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.

Adele Nelson, Leirner’s partner in this conversation, is a doctoral candidate in art history specializing in modern and contemporary art of Brazil at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, from which she received an MA. 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 and New York University.

CONVERSACIONES/CONVERSATIONS is a new series of bilingual books featuring unique in-depth conversations between Latin American artists and leading critics, curators, and art historians. Each illustrated volume presents a comprehensive first-hand account of the artist’s development accompanied by critical reflections by the authors.

Available titles:
Carlos Cruz-Diez in conversation with/en conversación con Ariel Jiménez (September 2010)
Tomás Maldonado in conversation with/en conversación con María Amalia García
(January 2011)

Subsequent titles include conversations between:
Waltercio Caldas and Ariel Jiménez
Ferreira Gullar and Ariel Jiménez
Alfredo Jaar and Luis Pérez-Oramas
Gyula Kosice and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
Liliana Porter and Inés Katzenstein
Antonieta Sosa and Ariel Jiménez

The series is distributed by D.A.P ( in the United States, and Editorial RM ( in Spain and Latin America.

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Founded in the 1970s by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Gustavo A. Cisneros, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) is one of the core cultural and educational initiatives of the Fundación Cisneros. Based in New York City and Caracas, the CPPC’s mission is to enhance appreciation of the diversity, sophistication, and range of art from Latin America, advance scholarship of Latin American art, and promote excellence in visual-arts education. The CPPC achieves these goals through the preservation, presentation, and study of the material culture of the Ibero-American world—ranging from the ethnographic to the contemporary. CPPC activities include exhibitions, publications, grants for scholarly research and artistic production, and the internationally-recognized education initiative Piensa en arte/Think Art.

Jac Leirner in conversation with/en conversación con Adele Nelson
ISBN: 9780982354445
Format: Hbk, 6 x 9.25 in. / 200 pgs / 39 color / 9 b&w
Publisher: Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia
Phelps de Cisneros

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