Suggested Reading List
Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence
Author: Ms. Styliane Philippou
Description: Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907, Oscar Niemeyer is recognized as one of the world's most fiercely original architects and the central figure of Brazilian architectural Modernism. The prolific designer of more than 600 buildings, Niemeyer has been in practice for seven decades. Architecture, he declares must be functional, beautiful, and shocking. Transgressing orthodox Modernist aesthetic doctrine and subverting hegemonic cultural models, his work privileged invention and affirmed spectacle and luxury, pleasure, beauty, and sensuality as legitimate architectural pursuits.
This gorgeously illustrated book explores the development of Niemeyer extraordinary body of ideas and forms as well as his role in the construction of Brazil modern image and cultural tradition. Through a detailed discussion of his intoxicating experiments in reinforced concrete, the book offers the opportunity to relish the stream of pleasures afforded by Niemeyers' important buildings, including his mid-century projects as chief architect for the new capital of Brasilia, and the spectacular Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art, completed in 1996. Providing the first comprehensive analysis of Niemeyer's radical work and dissident perspective, Oscar Niemeyer: Curves of Irreverence sheds new light on the route the architect has followed as well as on Brazilian Modernism as a non-conformist project informed by a nationalist and anti-colonialist stance.
Hardcover: 414 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (September 3, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.8 x 1.3 inches
Behaving Brazilian: A Comparison of Brazilian and North American Social Behavior
Author: Phyllis A. Harrison
Brazil - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture
Author: Sandra Branco
Description: Publication Date: September 5, 2006 | Series: Culture Smart!
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.
Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include
* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* dos, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken
"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel
"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel
"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer
"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine
"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Kuperard; Reprinted edition edition (September 5, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Brazil in Focus: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture
Author: Jan Rocha
Description: Guidebook on Brazil.
Capoeira: A Brazilian Art Form: History, Philosophy and Practice
Author: Bira Almeida-Mestre Acordeon
Description: Contemporary Society
Chapters of Brazil's Colonial History
Author: Capistrano de Abreu
Description: Publication Date: December 10, 1998 | ISBN-10: 0195103025 | ISBN-13: 978-0195103021
In Chapters in Brazil's Colonial History, Capistrano de Abreu created an integrated history of Brazil in a landmark work of scholarship that is also a literary masterpiece. Abreu offers a startlingly modern analysis of the past, based on the role of the economy, settlement, and the occupation of the interior. In these pages, he combines sharp portraits of dramatic events--close fought battles against Dutch occupation in the 1650s, Indian resistance to often brutal internal expansion--with insightful social history. A master of Brazil's ethnographic landscape, he provides detailed sketches of daily life for Brazilians of all stripes.
Superbly translated by Arthur A. Brakel and edited by Stuart Schwartz and Fernando Novais, this Brazilian classic has never before available in English. Chapters in Brazil's Colonial History opens Brazil's rich, fascinating past to the general reader, and offers scholars access to a great turning point in historical scholarship.
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 10, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 11.2 ounces
Early Latin America; A History of Colonial Spanish America and Brazil
Author: James S Lockhart
Insight Guides - Brazil
Author: Discovery Channel
Description: Guidebook on Brazil.
Author: Joseph A. Page
The Curves of Time: The Memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer
Author: Oscar Niemeyer
Description: In this first ever English-language edition of Oscar Niemeyer's memoirs, the architect reveals how his many passions - among them his large family, many friends, the sensuous landscape of Brazil, women, Communism, art and literature - have all influenced his life and in turn inspired his architecture. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Niemeyer graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in 1934. As a student he worked in the office of Lucio Costa, and on graduation he began collaborating with Le Corbusier on a new Ministry of Education and Health Building in Rio. Yet, in contrast to the International Style, Niemeyer's curvilinear forms reflected Brazil's lush, undulating landscape and the emotive style of its music and dance. Here Niemeyer recounts his life in an informal, fluid narrative that moves from his childhood in Rio, through to friendships with intellectuals and politicians such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Fidel Castro, to tales of adventurous road trips. The book includes 40 specially-made sketches by Niemeyer, a chronology of his notes and an index.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press (December 5, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7 x 0.7 inches
The Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art, and Projeto Axé
Author: H. Sabrina Gledhill et al
Description: Publication Date: October 2, 2000
This much-anticipated book is published in conjunction with the second project in an innovative series of four, entitled The Quiet in the Land, and organized by independent curator France Morin*formerly Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. For this project, an impressive roster of internationally renowned artists lived in Salvador, Brazil for an extended period, including: Janine Antoni, Montein Boonma and Rirkrit Tiravnija, Ca Guo-Quiag, Chen Zhen, Larry Clark, Willie Cole, Mario Cravo Neto, Domenico de Clario, Leonardo Drew, Jo-o Ewerton, Vik Muniz, Rivane Neuenschwander, Alberto Pita, Doris Salcedo, Tunga, Kara Walker, and Nari Ward. The artists developed individual projects with the children and educators of Projeto Axe, an organization that uses cultural and artistic pursuits to restore dignity to underprivileged children and to equip them with the tools they need to positively transform their lives.
Hardcover: 250 pages
Publisher: Museo de Arte Moderna de Bahia, Salvador, Brazil; English and Portuguese Language edition (October 2, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9 x 1.2 inches
Weight: 3.9 pounds